Sir, – Additional to Brian Gilsenan’s letter (April 12th) on the wonders of mountaineering and tourism in Eire, within the absence of strong laws similar to that which obtains in the UK, Germany, Finland, Sweden and plenty of different nations, there are only a few declared rights of means in Eire. There’s a honest quantity of what will be termed permissive entry in some components of Eire, similar to Wicklow and the peninsulas of West Cork. Nonetheless, partly as a result of lack of strong laws, county councils are extraordinarily reluctant to record rights of means.
Entry to well-known mountain areas similar to Croagh Patrick or the Macgillycuddy Reeks is permissive and could possibly be withdrawn. Many widespread strolling routes, together with the Wicklow Means, which he mentions, are marred by the truth that components of them are on harmful nation roads. In lots of components of the nation, within the absence of secure pathways, walkers are compelled to stroll on harmful nation roads. On prime of this, quite a few conventional rural paths have been closed or persons are greeted with unwelcome “Maintain Out” indicators, similar to exist within the Truskmore space of north Co Sligo. Attempting to maintain entry open or create entry has led to lengthy battles. For instance, the South Kerry Greenway introduced in 2014 has solely not too long ago bought the go-ahead after a Supreme Courtroom case. Residents in Fenit in north Kerry have needed to battle for over 15 years of their efforts to reopen a standard path.
In Wales, there’s a wealth of entry to paths all through the countryside, within the mountains and on the coast. And it’s all protected by legislation in such a means that farmers can perform their work whereas walkers can benefit from the stunning panorama safely. – Yours, and so on,
Maintain Eire Open,