Proposal to end a public right of way leads to fears that people will have to pay to see the Cliffs of Moher.

Almost half a million people visit the Ciffs of Moher in West Clare each year and such visitor volumes have led Clare County Council to propose ending the public right of way to the cliffs. The council wants to build a visitor centre, improve car parks and other public facilities.

Opposition is growing against the proposal to end the public right of way which local historians they say has existed since pre-Christian times. The fear is that pedestrians may eventually have to pay to use the right of way to view the Cliffs of Moher.

Leading the campaign against the Council's proposal is Clare historian and author Sean Spellissy.

Once we lose that right of way they can do what they like.

Paul Hill of the Guildford Four has added his voice to the campaign over concerns that Clare County Council will eventually charge people to take in the famous view.

County Secretary Tom Dowling insists the end to the public right of way does not mean access to the cliffs will be restricted. Clare County Council has no intention of imposing an admission charge to the cliffs. The sole objective is to manage and maintain the area so that people can continue to enjoy the natural amenity to the fullest extent.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 January 1994. The reporter is Cathy Halloran.