Call for action to help farmers

Sinn Fein MLA Cathal O'hOisin (1006sj43)
Sinn Fein MLA Cathal O'hOisin (1006sj43)

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has called for action to help farmers losing land to coastal erosion.

Mr Ó hOisín said: “Coastal erosion along the Magilligan coastline has resulted in the loss of land to farmers that is having a serious impact on their livelihoods.

“I know one farmer who has lost around 12 acres of farmable land to erosion. Not only does this cut down on his farming income but he also loses out on the Single Farm Payment, which is reduced due to less land.

“The loss of the coastline is also having a detrimental effect on the wildlife along this stretch of coastline with natural habitats under threat.

“I am calling on more measures to be taken to protect or coastline and coastal habitat so it is important that we put in place a strategy to stop this erosion.”

Mr Ó hOisín said the Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has agreed to visit the area in the near future.