Plans for €10m mass tourism project on Dursey Island scrapped

Plans for a €10m mass tourism project on Dursey Island have been scrapped.

That’s according to Friends of the Irish Environment who say they’re happy that the plans to build a bigger cable car system, visitor centre, gift shop and café with extra parking are no longer going ahead.

The high court today approved a final court order quashing permission for the project. The Judicial Review, taken by Friends of the Irish Environment called the project undesirable on multiple grounds and appealed the grant of permission by Cork County Council in 2019.

Speaking to RedFM News, Friends of the Irish Environment Director, Tony Lowes, has welcomed the news that the plans will not proceed:

“I think that the project was way out of scale for Dursey Island. And what was really necessary was a replacement of the current cable car because it was getting very old, but not something that would bring 350 people each way, in a matter of 10 minutes because the island just couldn’t cope with these kinds of numbers. Not only would it damage the wildlife, but it would also take away that sense of remoteness and tranquillity and quiet that Dursey Island has, and we all know how hard that is to find these days. “


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