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All at sea . . . Hayes visits town hit by coastal erosion

MINISTER of State Brian Hayes yesterday visited the site of some of Ireland's worst coastal erosion in years amid fears that the damage could hit tourism.

A giant chunk of the coast at Strandhill in Co Sligo -- measuring 40 metres long and 100 metres inland -- collapsed into the sea during just one storm last November.

A coastal walk was washed away and there are fears that the seaside town's golf course could be hit in future storms.

Mr Hayes chatted to local surfer Paul Buchanan and Fianna Fail senator Marc MacSharry on the visit to Strandhill.

"If appropriate resources are not immediately allocated, Shelly Valley and the very existence of Strandhill Golf Club are at risk," said the senator.

Irish Independent