Harbour lights: Bree in the dark over maintenance of navigational aids

A Sligo councillor says he has ‘significant concerns’ over the maintenance of navigational lights and aids in Sligo Harbour.

Independent Socialist Councillor Declan Bree told a meeting of councillors from Sligo Borough Municipal District that many of the lights are not working.

The meeting heard that navigational aids are checked every three to four weeks and that local fishermen and boat owners also forward reports of any issues.

Over the last three years lights had been replaced instead of having been repaired.

The meeting also heard that the Commissioner of Irish Lights visits at least once a year to inspect the lights and carries out an audit every two years.

The last audit was in July 2020 and the council was awaiting for the latest report.

Cllr Bree told Ocean FM News about his personal experience when he recently travelled into Sligo Harbour from Coney Island.