Saving Lough Beg Campaign Event


The appeal hearing will be held in the Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast on 11 August, at 10.30 am. The Court of Appeal intends to announce its decision on the day, almost 12 months after proceedings began. The hearing is open to the public and anyone interested in the case is very welcome. The legal challenge relates to an alleged breach of Article 6 of the Habitats Directive by the Department for Infrastructure in choosing to route part of the A6 upgrade through the wetlands and swanfields of Lough Beg. A successful outcome is necessary for the lasting preservation of Lough Beg and the protection of 1,000s of migrartory waterbirds. The action is self-funded with help from family, friends and supporters. Saturday's fund-raising event promises to be a memorable night for everyone who cares about inheritance - cultural and natural - especially the world’s great wetlands which Lough Beg, a Ramsar site since 1976, surely is. Let’s fill the Crescent Arts Centre with birders and conservationists on Saturday, and follow it up in court.

Chris Murphy

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