Keem Bay. Photo: Joseph Carr/Failte Ireland

Traffic management at popular Mayo beach under discussion

SUMMER traffic management arrangements at Keem Bay are being looked at by Mayo County Council.

The beach featured heavily in the Oscar-nominated Banshees of Inisherin, and it is expected to be even more popular than usual this summer as a result.

Last year double yellow lines were marked at the bottom section of the car park but they did not solve the problem, Achill Councillor Paul McNamara told a local municipal district meeting this week.

There are by-laws and he asked who is responsible for implementing them - the council or the gardaí.

They couldn't have a situation where Keem is closed every day from 12.30 p.m. as it is full, and better structures have to be put in place for visitors and local people, said Councillor McNamara.

A lot of the problems are being caused by people parking up overnight, he commented.

Director of services Catherine McConnell said a plan is being worked on between various agencies, including the gardaí. Engagement is taking place with the local community and the strategy will have a firm foundation in what they want too.

Am update report will be brought the next municipal meeting.