Roger Gale writes: Despite opposition from Local and International Surfers, Clare County Council have granted planning permission for a proposed Pier development.
Bord Failte, the National Tourism Board for Ireland called for the County Council to redesign the pier in order for it not to interfere with the waves at Doolin, but the Council chose to proceed with the scheme unaltered.
The Department for the Environment called for wave modeling to be carried out. But the wave modeling carried out had no survey data for either reef at Ballaghaline (Doolin) Point and Crab Island. The output from the model runs shows waves breaking in the wrong places. The modeling has not been validated, calibrated and not peer reviewed. The swell sizes and directions modeled do not replicate the full range of conditions surfed. The scale of output plot wave heights has been set too course to really show any reflection under a foot or so in height.
Clare County Council are aware of these issues and have taken no action. Until these issues are attended to the modeling carried out lacks any real credibility.
Notwithstanding the above problems the wave modelling indicates that "Changes on the wave approach to Crab Island are noticeable" and that "Longer swell waves are likely to be significantly impacted upon as they approach the Point at higher stages of the tide".
In other words the Council know that the proposed structure is likely to damage the waves, and are choosing to ignore the facts presented by their own report.