PRIME LOCATIONA number of seashores in Mayo, together with Mulranny Seaside, are used on a weekly foundation by wedding photographers.Pic: Mulranny Park Lodge

Anton McNulty

Photographers is not going to be charged to acquire a allow to work on Blue Flag seashores through the summer time season following an modification to the proposed bye-law.
A collection of latest bye-laws for governing the usage of Blue Flag seashores through the busy summer time season got here earlier than councillors for adopting eventually week’s Could assembly of Mayo County Council.
Among the many new bye-laws, photographers and filmmakers should get hold of a allow to work on the seashores. There have been fears amongst some photographers that they could possibly be charged as much as €800 for a allow, as that is the cost for the same allow administered by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
Nevertheless, Achill Councilor Paul McNamara proposed an modification that may make sure that there can be no cost if the bye-laws had been adopted.
“We can not have the message get out that [if] somebody getting married and needs to get images on the seashore there must be a cost, there does not. Folks ought to have the choice to take images on the seashore,” he mentioned
This modification was supported by Cllr Gerry Coyle, who mentioned that he was glad widespread sense had received out.
“Each wedding we had in the home there was photos from the seashore, and please God there shall be extra. I might not prefer to be the warden to say you can not do this, and I’m glad widespread sense has prevailed,” he mentioned.
Westport Councilor Christy Hyland was essential of a few of the different bye-laws concerning permits for individuals who have companies on the seashores, and he claimed they might have an effect on younger folks seeking to make some more money through the summer time.
“A teenager giving swimming classes on seashore throughout summer time holidays will now need to pay for a allow,” he mentioned.
Director of Companies, John Condon confirmed that companies round seashores need to have a allow and Head of the Setting part, Martin Keating mentioned that this was to make sure suppliers are certified to supply the service.
“The aim is to offer the customers of those providers the boldness that that particular person is certified and has acceptable insurance coverage in place to supply the service with a protected method on the seashore. We’re all conscious of risks,” he mentioned.
Cllr Hyland was not completely happy {that a} charge could also be utilized to those permits, however Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Smyth, mentioned that any charge can be small, to cowl the administration and ensure anybody working a enterprise is doing so to requirements.

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