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The news that the reconstruction work on the sea wall and paths at Cushendall Beach will be completed in 7-8 weeks has been welcomed by Glens Sinn Fein Councillor Colum Thompson.

The damage was caused during the storms and tidal surges from Friday the 3rd until Monday the 6th of January.

Councillor Thompson who was at the scene each day over the weekend in question said;“I would like to thank Moyle District Council officers and staff for their work both during and after the storms.

“I attended a meeting on the Tuesday with council officers and the contractor to discuss the clean up operation which got underway very quickly with the beach being reopened just a week after the storms had finished. I also met with Council’s structural engineer on the Wednesday and it was then that it became clear just home much damage had been done.

“Due to the cost of the repairs being estimated at between £25,000 and £30,000 the contract for the work will have to be tendered. The tendering process should last around three weeks and once a contractor has been appointed the repair work should last another three to four weeks.

“I took forward a motion at the Moyle District Council meeting on Monday the 13th of January stating how important it is to have the repairs completed before Easter and the beginning of the tourist season and I am glad that council officers have confirmed that this should happen.

“I would also like to pay tribute to our local Sinn Fein MLA Oliver Mc Mullan who was also on the ground throughout the weekend of the storms. He has also raised the cost of the repair work at The Assembly and has asked The Minister to contribute to the costs of the repairs so that Moyle District Council is not left to foot the bill.”