Public Part of Consultation Process on Cliffs of Moher Future

Members of the public, community organisation’s and tourism stakeholders across County Clare are being asked for their input on shaping a long-term strategy for the Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs of Moher Strategy 2040 will look to address the long-term future of one of Ireland’s most significant tourism attractions by identifying the key challenges and opportunities in the coming decades.

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is the most visited natural attraction in Ireland attracting 1.6m visitors during 2019.  The popular visitor site is also a signature discovery point on Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, a main Geosite of the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark, a Special Protected Area for Birds and Wildlife and is a wholly owned tourism asset of Clare County Council.

Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Councillor Mary Howard commented, “With the public’s support, Clare County Council aims to identify and address key challenges and opportunities for the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience and the wider Clare tourism sector during the coming months. The public’s participation in the preparation process is crucial so that the proposals can address everybody’s aspirations for the Cliffs and the benefits it can bring to the county.”

“We now need local communities, organisations, schools, businesses, and residents, to be involved and help us,” explained Leonard Cleary, Director of Rural Development, Clare County Council.  “The collective feedback that we receive will play an important role in confirming key issues for the future development at the Cliffs.”

Geraldine Enright, Director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, described the public consultation process as “comprehensive” and added it is intended that a “wide net will be cast to enable participation in this listening process.”

Ms. Enright said the consultation will take many forms including online workshops, feedback sessions, focus groups, written submissions, and surveys.

“There will be many opportunities for the public and interested stakeholders to have their say and these will be widely publicised throughout the county,” she stated.  “This process will begin in late April or early May with display information and online question and answer sessions to ensure conversation and stimulate debate on the key issues.”

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