Dusty the dolphin gets special protection from controlled explosions at Doolin Pier

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will patrol the waters around Doolin today and tomorrow to ensure that Dusty the Dolphin is not hurt during a series of planned explosions in the area.
An exclusion zone has been put in place around Doolin Pier while blast work takes place. The blasting is the first major step towards the reforming of the pier area in preparation for the construction of a new pier to serve the area.
Construction work on a new €6 million pier got underway got underway last month and it is expected to be completed by the middle of next year with Kilmaley based construction company, L&M Keating, carried out the complex build.
A new pier for Doolin has been in the pipeline for more than a decade, but the development was subject to an extended planning process following objections by local surfers who felt the pier would damage local waves.
When completed the pier will be used mainly to facilitate ferry activity between North Clare and the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher during the tourist season while the existing pier will be available to accommodate other activities – both leisure based and otherwise.
The new pier will also ensure that Doolin is accessible in all tidal conditions, which will be of particular benefit to Doolin Search and Rescue as well as the ferry operators – who current have to transship passengers onto their boats at low tide.
The pier is expected to attract tens thousands of new tourists into make North Clare their tourism hub in the years to come. With nearly a million people visiting the Cliffs of Moher each year, it is hoped that the pier will encourage a large portion of these people to stay in Clare, instead of travelling in day bus trips from Dublin.

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