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Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton has been in contact with Cork County Council regarding the ongoing maintenance and protection of the Eco Boardwalk in Youghal.

“The Eco Boardwalk at Claycastle which was opened in March 2012 is a great asset to Youghal town. After suffering severe damage in the storms in January 2014, close to €300,000 funding was secured to allow for the necessary restoration works to reinstate the boardwalk and reopen it to the public.

“Youghal’s Eco Boardwalk is fully accessible to all and is very popular among locals and tourists. Recently the levels of sand at Claycastle beach have dropped significantly, which is causing some accessibility and safety problems for the boardwalk as the drop off at the side of it is very steep. It was for this reason that I made contact with Cork County Council.

“Cork County Council has already undertaken some interim safety works by replacing sand that has been washed away and also removing seaweed deposited high up the beach by spring tides. In addition to these temporary measures, I know that the County Engineer’s Department of Cork County Council are also investigating more permanent solutions to protect Youghal’s boardwalk to secure the future of this very successful local amenity.