Dogs will be allowed to walk on designated areas of Mayo's blue flag beaches during the Summer season.

That's after an amendment proposed by Achill-based FF Councillor Paul McNamara was adopted by Mayo County Councillors at their monthly meeting yesterday.

It was initially proposed to ban dogs from the beaches from 12 noon to 6.30 pm during the Summer bathing season - from 1st June to mid-September, to help meet the criteria for blue flags.

Councillors were told that failure to adopt the bye-law would result in Mayo losing all its blue flag designations.

However, some councillors were opposed to the move.

Under Councillor McNamara's amendment, dog owners will now be permitted to walk their dogs on designated areas of the blue flag beaches during the bathing season.

And under a second amendment from Councillor Paul McNamara, it's now been decided that photographers will not need a permit to take photos on Mayo's beaches.

Under an existing bye-law, filmmakers and photographers are obliged to apply for a permit to use the beaches.

However, under this amendment, while commercial film makers will still need a permit, there will be no charge for it, and photo shoots will be exempt.



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