Doyle: Derelict boat must be removed

An abandoned shipping vessel is causing damage to the quay at the port of New Ross and has been an eyesore for years, according to a local councillor.

Inistioge councillor Michael Doyle has raised the issue previously at a council meeting, and last week again asked for an update on the situation. On top of the damage it is causing, locals say that the derelict boat is unsightly.

Acting director of services Simon Walton told Cllr Doyle that the council had been in discussions with the New Ross Port Authority.

He said that there had been correspondence from them indicating that it was within their gift to have the vessel removed, and that they would liaise with the owner.

However, Mr Walton added that he had since been in contact with the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, which had said it is not the Port Authority's responsibility, and rather is that of Kilkenny County Council.

"I will take it up with the Port Authority again," he said.

"If it is [the council's responsibility], there may be significant costs associated with removing it. But there is a a health and safety issue with it."

Cllr Doyle said the issue has been ongoing for around 15 years now, and something needed to be done.

"Action needs to be taken now," he said.

"They quay is being broken up - it's being destroyed by the boat."