ESB defends decision to erect fence near Ballyshannon power station

The ESB has been defending its decision to put up a fence along the river Erne in Ballyshannon saying it was built in the interests of public safety.

It has been in place for a number of months now but has been the source of some controversy in the town.

This week at a meeting of the Donegal Municipal District, Fine Gael Councillor Barry O’Neill claimed that planning permission should not have been granted by Donegal county council on safety grounds.

However, in a statement to Ocean FM today the state owned electricity company said the fence was erected in the interests of public safety to prevent access to ESB lands in the vicinity of a man made channel of deep, fast flowing water.

The statement goes on to say the works were delivered in line with the conditions put down by An Bord Pleanala.

Councillor O’Neill remains unhappy with the decision and says public safety has been compromised along the river.