A DONEGAL County Councillor has become embroiled in an email war with a well-known environmentalist.
The row began when Moville man Enda Craig sent a story to donegaldaily.com at the weekend.
His pictures showed a German cruise ship anchored off the Lough Foyle town – where Donegal County Council hopes to put an outflow pipe from a proposed sewage treatment works.
The site of the plant has been moved on several occasions, the latest plans allow for overflows of untreated sewage which will wash up on popular local beaches.
Mr Craig and local residents have long campaigned for the pipe to put outside the Foyle estuary – a hope the council actually agreed with way back in 1990 before changing its mind.
The Moville man sent a link to the story to a large number of councillors and officials.
No-one responded at first – until Cllr Rena Donaghey decided she would.
She wrote: “Yes. It is terrible in this day and age to think that raw untreated sewage is making its way to our beautiful beaches and waterways. The sooner it is treated the better for all concerned.”
She was referring to the fact that sewage from the town is being pumped out to sea already.
Her response irked Mr Craig.
In his email he wrote back: “And even more terrible to think that a solution to the problem has been fiddled with by the DCC for more than four decades. For two of these our local group has struggled to get the right plant in the right place but to no avail. Logic and reasoned argument unfortunately does not seem to work.
“Our elected representatives allow themselves to be ruled by civil servants otherwise they would have stood their ground in accordance with the council motion vote of 1990 in support of an agreed solution.”
So far Cllr Donaghey has not responded to that.