« BackOPW confirms it sanctioned Fáilte Ireland Skellig drone flight

he Office of Public Works has confirmed it gave Fáilte Ireland permission for a drone flight over Skellig Michael.

A drone was reportedly used last week to shoot film footage over the island.

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Normally, the unauthorised use of drones at National Monuments sites is not permitted.

However, the OPW confirmed to Radio Kerry News they may – in certain instances – give permission for drone flights at a National Monument.

This, they said, is subject to the appropriate licences and insurances and in accordance with Statutory Instrument 563 of 2015.

In the instance in question the OPW confirmed they gave Fáilte Ireland permission for the drone flight.

Concerns have been raised following the drone flight due the islands’ delicate ecosystems.

Footage for the last Star Wars movie was filmed on Skellig Michael last year.