Sligo County Council is seeking maximum funding to deal with coastal erosion problems at Strandhill.

Storms last year led to the partial collapse of a coastal path and about 500m of sand dunes.

A report on the damage, carried out by consultants RPS on behalf of the council, recommends remedial works that would cost €290,000, and this has been forwarded to the Office of Public Works seeking full funding.

The council says that this project is its ''highest priority in terms of coastal management and protection''.

But it added that it cannot afford to fund it given the council's ''serious financial position''.

The work would include altering and protecting the end of the existing coastal path and revetment, which would also allow access to the beach and afford some protection to the dunes.

Locals have expressed serious concern that the erosion threatens its tourism infrastructure, including Strandhill Golf Club.