“Like The Surface Of The Moon”


At Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght

This morning.

In The Irish Times.

Brian Hutton reports:

Thousands of creatures have been killed during the unexplained destruction of a “unique little gem” of a nature reserve in south Dublin, conservationists have said.

A parcel of wetland at Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght, used for decades as a dumping ground for silt, had rewilded itself into a “little miracle” that was home to several protected species, including frogs, newts, eels and bats, according to experts.

…On a trip to the wetland on Saturday to carry out a new survey of the wildlife he [Collie Ennis, a research associate at Trinity College Dublin and science officer with the Herpetological Society of Ireland] found that the entire reserve was “flattened like a carpark” and covered in heavy machinery tracks.

“It had completely gone. It was like the surface of the moon. Just blank. Flattened,” he said.


Ecologists outraged as Dublin nature reserve is ‘flattened like a car park’ (The Irish Times)

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18 thoughts on ““Like The Surface Of The Moon”

  1. Pavel

    Disgraceful. But there is no real appreciation for the environment in government (whether local or otherwise) so I’m not surprised.

        1. millie vanilly strikes again

          Oh. Okay. Must have been a mistake on my part, where I saw two identical comments, one posted by you and another by a poster called ‘Bertie’.

          Again, I must be mistaken. Apologies.

  2. Liam Deliverance

    I’d love to hear the real story behind this, like who owned the diggers, who contracted the diggers to come in, what were they told to do, what is the longer term plan for this site, did they intentionally keep it quiet, how does this tie in with so-called green policies, did this decision come from SDCC or from Leinster Hse. Regardless, SDCC has some questions to answer, maybe start with FG mayor.


    1. Ian-O

      Sure what does it matter if we did get all this information?

      Short of a live facebook murder what exactly would a council/public service worker have to do to be sanctioned?

  3. Truth in the News

    Who counted the dead frogs, eels, newts, indeed were there any at all, and when these
    creatures decide to cross a roadway, whats the kill statistics, one wonders which comes
    first frogs or people…..even RTE were alarmed…….?

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