With over a million visitors a year, the Cliffs of Moher remain one of Ireland’s busiest tourist attractions. But parking at the site has been contentious for decades.
This investigation was part-funded through crowdfunding (€60 of the proposed €1,750). Reporter Eoghan Dalton of The Journal, wrote a numbers of articles on this issue over the course of 2023. We teamed up with him and also received additional support from our investigative fund to complete this project.
Our colleagues at The Journal have reported that visitors are complaining about feeling “scammed” and “ripped off” over charges.
This investigation will get to the heart of the parking problem at the Cliffs of Moher.
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The car park is also at the centre of an ongoing legal dispute, with a local business owner winning an appeal against Clare County County in March 2023. This hinges on whether that car park at the cliffs has legal planning permission.
Using Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and by analysing planning documents, we will investigate ongoing disputes and complaints about the controversial car park.
We will also examine nearby tourist attractions on the Wild Atlantic Way to compare costs for tourists and locals travelling to these destinations.
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