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Time to get serious on controlling invasive species before it’s too late

What’s so unique and special about Australia compared to our country.

I was recently told by a South African tourist that Ireland was the equivalent to Kruger Park in terms of biodiversity scenery landscape heritage etc.

But i imagine that here in Ireland, land of the thousand welcomes, Depp dogs and all would have got the red carpet treatment instead of a court appearance.

And this is reciprocated by our planning authorities who have no policies in the County Development Plans to control properly invasive species despite climate change and modes of modern travel and transport.

Will it take a red line issue such as the arrival of the Zika virus on our shores before remedial action is taken by the port authorities and all concerned.

Perhaps the horse has already bolted on that one and bidding its time to surface?

With the myriad of wet mosaic habitats in Ireland that could generate the breeding mosquito Zika virus carrier, we would have the odds stacked against us to control it.

For what goes around comes around.

Ian Hester

Four Mile House,

Co Roscommon


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