€1.5m is needed to 'fix' Croagh Patrick
Over €1.5m will be needed to tackle "a number of key issues" with Croagh Patrick, according to a Mayo councillor.
Westport Municipal District chairperson Christy Hyland said the events on the 2,500ft-high mountain this weekend have cemented the need for further funding for the site.
"We have known for a few years of the problems facing Croagh Patrick," said Mr Hyland.
"A report published by Elfyn Jones of the British Mountaineering Council last year pointed out issues with erosion, funding and rangers and plenty of other things," he added.
"It is time now to address all these issues with the co-operation of all stakeholders."
Speaking after a Municipal District meeting last night, which was convened to discuss the famed pilgrimage site, Mr Hyland said it was time for the council to "take control" of the area.
"Somebody needs to step up to the plate here and take control of the situation.
"This has to be done in association with the landowners and Church, of course, but it must be done. There has been a community group looking after the mountain for some time, but they are struggling.
"Croagh Patrick is an important site for Ireland and I am proposing that Mayo County Council do more to manage it.
"We need the Government to step up with the funding. We estimate that it will take up to €1.5m to hire rangers, fix pathways and tackle all the issues highlighted in this report."