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Sunday 21 January 2018

Council's plan for pier risks wipeout

Gordon Deegan and Pat Flynn

THE Department of the Environment has intervened in the row between surfers and Clare County Council over a planned €6m pier.

Surfer representative bodies across Ireland, along with the current World Pro-Surf Champion, Australian Mick Fanning, have lodged objections against the proposal for a pier at Doolin in Clare over fears that the pier will destroy 'world class' waves.

For the proposal to proceed, the council needs a majority of its 32 members to give the application the go-ahead.

However, the council also requires sanction from the Department of the Environment as the development needs a foreshore licence to proceed.

A department spokesman yesterday said it had "requested an assessment of the effects of the proposed development on breaking waves at Crab Island and Doolin Point".

Yesterday, the council official in charge of the project, Tom Tiernan, confirmed that the €6m funding for the scheme was contingent on the project being complete by the end of next year. He also said the council held a "very constructive" meeting with surfers in the past week, with further meetings likely.

Irish Independent

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