FIE is today publishing a Report on the disaster that took place last November at the Delphi Bridge in County Mayo when repair work was undertaken in spite of the unanimous scientific advice against it, putting at risk Ireland's biggest colony of fresh water pearl mussels. The National Parks and Wildlife Service violated EU law in giving permission after the Mayo County Council Manager threatened to sue them if they did not allow the work to go ahead, in spite of the repeated warnings of possible flood damage. On November 17th, heavy rainfall washed out the bridge, the repairs, and the sandbags, potentially wiping our Ireland's largest and only viable colony of fresh water pearl mussels. A protocol must be put in place to ensure that scientific opinion determines decisions on these projects.


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