The group of walkers who walked the banks of the Boyne from Drogheda to Navan yesterday in protest against the decsion of Meath County Council to grant permission to Dawn Meats to discharge 400,000 litres of waste water every day into the river.
The decision by Meath County Council to grant permission, despite 400 objections, to a meat factory to discharge 400,000 litres of waste water every day into the river Boyne was met with widespread public outrage.
Over 7,000 people signed a petition organised by the “Save the Boyne” group that was organised to campaign against the decision and to raise funds for an appeal to An Bord Pleanala.
Yesterday a group of walkers who regularly walk the banks of the Boyne organised a special “Walk the Talk” from Droghedda to Navan along the river which was a huge success, supported by so many concerned community members about the plight of the Boyne River.
Spokesperson for the group, Mog Downey, told Drogheda Life that the “Walk the Talk” was part of an awareness raising initiative to preserve and improve the water quality of rivers in Ireland.
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“We are appealing the recent decision by Meath County Council to grant Dawn Meats permission to discharge 400,000 litres of "treated" wastewater DAILY into the beautiful Boyne river” she said.
“Respecting the waterways benefits all! It supersedes our difference of opinion regarding the ethics of beef production in Ireland. The Boyne Valley is a National Heritage site, a "protected" area of conservation.
“It is the source of drinking water for the majority of people living along the banks. The river runs through the heart of our communities! It connects us.
“We have enough knowledge and awareness of the impact of environmental damage to know that preserving the integrity of our waterways is a gift to ourselves, future generations and so many other endangered species.
“Dawn Meats is a private business that exports 90% of its produce, with a 2.1billion turnover. How is it even comprehendible that a multi-billion euro, private enterprise, is granted permission to discharge huge volumes of “treated” wastewater into a natural resource like the Boyne River?
“I’d like to thank everyone who ventured out on Sunday to “walk the talk” in the glorious sunshine and observe the beauty of the Boyne Valley. ..Especially Bobby McCormack, Munich Reilly, Jeannine Luetzendorf, Tommy Martin and T.D Ged Nash.”
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For more information on the Save the Boyne Group campaign see https://www.savetheboyne.org/