Irish surfers have won their first battle against the development of Doolin Point in Co Clare, site of one of the country's top wave spots.
A planned council vote on proposals for the €6 million Doolin Pier development was halted last week after concerns were raised by the surfing community both at home and abroad, Surfer Today reports.
The council intends to lodge a new planning application for a smaller development 25 metres further away from the shore that is intended to have less impact on surfing conditions. A public consultation on the proposed development has also been suggested.
"It is vital that we do not lose the €6 million in funding, but we also have to make sure that the integrity of the waves are protected," said Councilor Martin Conway.
Doolin Point is considered one of the top wave spots in Europe, with significant tourism potential for the Irish economy.