Sinn Féin Cllr Mickey Larkin has welcomed the news that a Wildlife Ranger will be assigned to the Cooley Mountains.
Cllr Larkin attended a public meeting last Friday with his colleague Cllr Antóin Watters from Dundalk/Carlingford in the Mullaghbuoy Community Centre in Riverstown, Co Louth.
Cllr Larkin said “Present at the public meeting were representatives from the IFA, Mountaineering Ireland and local walking groups. One thing that we all had in common was our love for the mountains and our wish to see their natural beauty preserved for future generations.”
Cllr Larkin said “The meeting was called following the recent spraying of yellow markings in the Cooley Mountains. It was agreed by all present that there needed to be more awareness of events being held on the mountains. All agreed that a ‘no trace’ approach would be best practice, basically to leave the Mountains as you found them.”
Cllr Larkin was also pleased to see that “the organisers are going to meet with local Gardaí to ensure that any future users of the mountain will use appropriate temporary markings and the group will work closely with the new Wildlife Ranger.”
Cllr Larkin reminded that “the Cooley Mountains are for all to enjoy and are important for local tourism. The area is one of outstanding beauty so I will raise this issue with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and my colleague Cllr Antóin Watters will raise it with Louth County Council and we will also raise it at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Group which deal with cross border issues between the two Councils. Let’s leave nature as we find it.”