CAMPAIGNERS against oil drilling in Dublin Bay may have found an unlikely ally in the form of the harbour porpoise.

The plan has suffered a blow following proposals to designate the area as a special conservation zone.

Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan has proposed six new sites as marine special areas of conservation (SACs), including around Dalkey Island off Dublin Bay.

Providence Resources has already been granted a foreshore licence to drill an oil exploration well there.

But Mr Deenihan wants to protect the harbour porpoise by setting up an SAC from Rockabill — about 6km off Skerries — to Dalkey Island…..

Hearld. 04/12/12. Read the article ‘Porpoises could prevent oil drilling plan’