Council in court over €7m-a-year car park
Clare County Council's €7m-a-year 'cash cow' at the Cliffs of Moher - one of the country's most popular visitor attractions - is under threat.
A private firm, Diamrem Ltd, has built park-and-ride facilities at Doolin and Liscannor to serve the cliffs, and is taking High Court action seeking the closure of the Council's temporary car-park at the cliffs.
It claims it is an unauthorised development and unlawful.
A judge has dismissed an application from the Council that Diamrem Ltd lodge costs of the action into court, paving the way for a High Court hearing into the case.
Last year, a record 1.42 million people visited the cliffs.
The Council state that closing the temporary car park would not be in the public interest.
Instead of moving to shut the car park down, the council has a planning application with its planners to upgrade the car-park.