From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway County Council has heard concerns about public access to a number of beaches and waterways.

Questions have also been raised about the amount of money made available for repair and maintenance work on the docks.

The lack of clarity on public access to the seaside has been a hot topic for years.

So said Councilor Tomás Ó Curraoin of Bearna at last night’s county council meeting.

Across the county, Councilor Andrew Reddington said conditions in some slipways amounted to death traps.

Galway with 244 piers was doing poorly when it came to funding, Councilor Dáithí Ó Cualáin said.

Wicklow, with a 24 kilometer coastline, received €570,000 for the docks, more than €200,000 more than Galway.

And in a starker comparison, he said Donegal County Council had millions for the piers. He called for an audit of the docks.

Councilor Gerry King requested that a priority list of piers be established for maintenance and development, and Councilor Eileen Mannion proposed that at least two beach areas have disabled facilities.

Derek Pender, head of infrastructure services, told the meeting that an audit of the piers would be a worthwhile exercise, but it was all about the money in the end.


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