A major and costly clean-up is getting underway today on cliffs close to Belmullet, where someone appears to have illegaly dumped household and bulky rubbish over the edge of the cliffs and into the sea.

The rubbish has accumulated along the rocks at a location known as Dun na mBo, and was recently noticed by a passing kayaker, who alerted Mayo County Council.

The local authority has now employed a specialist team of rope access experts to abseil down the cliff face and remove the waste.

The clean-up operation could take a number of days to complete, according to Mayo County Council's Environmental Awareness Officer Sharon Cameron who has described it as a very disturbing situation along the Wild Atlantic Way.

She says the clean-up could cost €20,000.




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