Mayo County Council must show leadership and find the funding to repair and conserve Croagh Patrick. That’s the view of the Cathaoirleach of West Mayo Municipal District, Independent councillor Christy Hyland.

Speaking at a meeting of West Mayo Municipal District yesterday held in Ballycroy, he said he was sick of people playing lip-service to the urgent need torepair of Croagh Patrick.

The serious erosion on the ancient pathway up the mountain has caused concern in recent times.

A report commissioned by Mountaineering Ireland concluded that the mountain needed a major intervention, which would cost about €1.5 million.

Martin Keating, director of services with Mayo county council, said that a workshop about the future of the mountain, held in the aftermath of the report, identified various issues to be addressed.

The meeting agreed that four councillors would join a committee set up to deal with the short-term issues and consider solutions to facilitate the resolution of the long term issues.

Its first meeting will be held in September. The committee includes Councillors Hyland, McGuire, Mulroy and Conway-Walsh.

Speaking to Midwest News this morning Cathaoirleach Hyland said a figure of 1.5 million euro to deal with maintaining the mountain had been mentioned and he insists if that’s what’s required that the money is found.