Ten-year management plan to address Skellig Michael visitor season

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The Finance Minister says the length of the visitor season for Skellig Michael will be addressed in a ten-year management plan being currently developed.

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked Paschal Donohue about his plans to extend the visitor season to Skellig Michael from April 1st to the end of October.

The Fianna Fail TD says this would facilitate more visitors, reduce pressure on the island in the summer months and allow more people earn a livelihood from the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Minister Donohue said the site is currently accessed from May to the beginning of October and extending the season beyond this may not be feasible due to highly variable weather and sea conditions.

The Minister also told Deputy Ó Cuív the former lighthouse on the island is currently being assessed as a potential location for a public toilet.