Fine Gael Kerry Senator and Government Chief Whip in the Seanad, Paul Coghlan, has today (Wednesday) stressed the importance of cutting back on invasive species such as Rhododendron in Killarney National Park. Senator Coghlan was speaking on the order of business in the Seanad.
“Rhododendron is a threat to the native oak and in particular the unique sessile oak which has thrived at Tomies and Derrycunnihy. Large areas of our National Park have been invaded by Rhododendron and it is extremely important that the good work started many years ago in helping to clear these areas continues.
“I salute the good work of the Parks and Wildlife Service Staff who carry out an annual targeted programme in managing this menace, which tends to replace native shrub and excludes native vegetation limiting tree regeneration. This work is carried out under the supervision of the Regional Manager, Mr. Pat Dawson and the Park Conservation Rangers led by Mr. Peter O’Toole. Voluntary Services Ireland, and other international volunteers lend a superb hand under the supervision of the Park Staff in assisting with the work. I commend all of their tremendous efforts in this ongoing work.
“I would also like to commend the great work of the Mountain Meithal team comprising of Killarney Chamber of Commerce, Tidy Towns Committee and other local volunteers who have been clearing pathways and trails within the National Park as well as scoping out portions of the new Lake Loop Walk.
“In common with all members of the public who greatly treasure our National Parks I look forward very much to the further success of the great voluntary effort in minimising the ecologically harmful effects of this invasive species.”