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OPW Skellig Michael RepairsThe Office of Public Works has confirmed that major repair works have this week been successfully concluded and the Island infrastructure reinstated on Skellig Michael.

The works were necessary following a rock fall which damaged a key section of the road and wall on the island.

When the damage was discovered in March of this year, it gave rise to significant fears that the Island would not be able to open to visitors owing to the severe safety risk that it presented.

However the OPW commenced a major rebuilding and safety project to ensure that the damage was repaired and continued visitor access facilitated.

The number of visitors landing on the Island this year up to the end of June was 5,232 which is broadly in line with the total of 12,260 for the 2015 season.

Demand from tourists remains buoyant according to the OPW with Boatmen and other local business interests reporting a steady flow of visitors to the area.