Fund to tackle Strandhill coastal erosion


Residents of the seaside village of Strandhill, Co Sligo, have welcomed an allocation of almost €300,000 to combat coastal erosion, saying it would help safeguard 300 tourism jobs.

Brian Hayes, Minister of State with Responsibility for the Office of Public Works, yesterday announced an allocation of €290,000 for the coastal protection work .

Last April he visited Strandhill to inspect the damage caused by severe storms which washed away part of a coastal pathway and about 500m of sand dunes, raising fears about the threat to the local tourism infrastructure, including Strandhill golf club.

Sligo County Council is expected to start the work early next year.