Thursday October 1, 2020

Claims OPW wasted €4m on Blasket island tourism plan

The government has been accused of ‘‘squandering’’ an estimated €4 million on a failed attempt to buy the Great Blasket island and turn it into a national park.

10th June, 2006

Dingle solicitor Peter Callery, the majority owner of the island, one of six islands off the Dingle peninsula, wants an inquiry into how public money was allegedly wasted on a plan that has come to nothing after almost 17 years.

The plans to make it an official tourist attraction collapsed last week after the owners decided to reject a formal €1.7 million offer from the Office of Public Works (OPW).

They blamed the OPW for reneging...

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