Hundreds of people attended a rally in Lisdoonvarna, county Clare to protest at the building of a Burren Interpretative Centre at Mullaghmore. The event attracted writers, musicians, politicians, and conservationists.
Among the protesters were Mary Banotti, JP Donleavy, Roger Garland, Eamon de Buitlear, Jim Kemmy, Michael D Higgins, members of Macnas, The Stunning and The Saw Doctors. The message being that
Mullaghmore Mountain is special.
The Save Mullaghmore group oppose the Office of Public Works (OPW) plans for an interpretative centre saying
It's a contradiction in terms to build on something one wants to preserve.
The OPW on the other hand, say that they will not upset the natural beauty of the Burren and that the interpretative centre will not interfere with the eco-system around it.
Speaking out against the plans Michael D Higgins and describes the demand for relocating the interpretative centre as modest.
In this case simply the OPW is wrong. It's a good thing to admit your mistake. Get involved with consultation.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 March 1992. The reporter is Gerry Reynolds.