It would appear that worrying about badgers is more important than anything we have to do to save people’s lives, according to Cllr Seamus Morris. The Sinn Fein councillor was responding to a statement from North Tipperary County Council engineer Peter Fee that the council may have to use the services of an ecologist before it can carry out work on rivers.
Mr Fee told Nenagh / Borrisokane area council that before any drainage or clearance work could be done on rivers, the council would need to have an audit of “birds, badgers and fish”.
He suggested that if they could put the right plan in place, it would streamline any work that may need to be done throughout the county.
“Before we do work on a river we have to do a risk assessment. It could simplify the process,” he said.
However, Cllr Morris maintained there would be a “huge cost” taking on an expert while at the same time the “best experts are the ones who know their own drains”.
He claimed that “once again people are being put last. This is bureaucracy gone mad.”
Cllr Morris was supported by Cllr Jim Casey, who said the people who had protected wildlife over the years were the landowners.
“Now we have to employ experts. What we need is an injection of common sense,” said the FF councillor.
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