Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland says it is devastated at being made to leave its site in Mornington as a result of local opposition to its new facility.

The group is once again appealing for help in finding a new home after efforts to create a permanent purpose-built hospital in Mornington were thwarted by objections to its planning application.

The facility helped around 2,500 wild animals while it operated from its temporary premises at Garlow Cross outside Navan during the Covid-19 pandemic but has been unable treat animals since it made the move to East Meath.

Spokeswoman, Aoife McPartlin, told Meath Live, ‘The objections seem to centre on the fact that we are located near the Boyne estuary which is a conservation area, which is true, but who’d be better able to manage an are such as that than a conservation group  like ourselves.

‘It has been said to us that we could appeal the refusal of planning to An Bord Pleanála but we haven’t the time or the money to do that, right now we are looking for a new premises and are in discussions with a few people, we certainly hope to stay in Meath.’