An Bord Pleanála has approved, with modifications, a controversial €8m pier at Doolin, Co Clare.

Surfers had opposed plans for the new pier because of concerns about the effect it may have on a wave known as the Crab Tidal wave.

Clare Co Council had proposed a pier ten metres wide and 103 metres long.

It has already spent over €250,000 on the plans. It originally approved plans for a pier in 2011.

The council says the pier is needed due to the volume of traffic going to and from the Aran Islands, which makes Doolin pier the busiest pier for passenger traffic in Ireland outside of Ros a' Mhíl.

The Irish Surfing Association and the West Coast Surf Club remain opposed to the plan and its impact on the wave.