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Title: Public access for walking in the Irish countryside – Can supply be improved?
Authors: Buckley, Cathal
Hynes, Stephen
van Rensburg, Tom M.
Keywords: Public access
Irish countryside
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2008
Publisher: School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin in association with Teagasc
Citation: Cathal Buckley, Stephen Hynes, Tom M. van RensburgPublic access for walking in the Irish countryside – Can supply be improved? Tearmann: Irish journal of agri-environmental research, 2008, 6, 1-14.
Series/Report no.: Tearmann;number 6
Abstract: Public access to the Irish countryside for walking and recreation generally is a contentious issue. Increased affluence, mobility and changing values have brought about increased demands with respect to recreation in the countryside. There is also a greater emphasis on consumption demands for goods and services in rural areas. However, provision of a walking product has not been without problems in Ireland. This paper focuses on how public access provision for recreational walking might be enhanced by exploring the situation and precedent in a cross section of European and other developed nations and by examining the concerns of landowners especially with regard to public liability. Supply side factors affecting public access provision are examined in an economic context and a discussion is offered on how the supply might be improved. In the absence of compulsion through legislation, which seems unlikely in an Irish context, this paper contends that the supply of public access is dependent on factors such as cost of provision, potential monetary incentives and landowner preferences. Finally, a change to the Occupiers Liability Act to a definitive enter at your own risk situation would help dissipate liability concerns.
Description: peer-reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/315
ISSN: 1649-1009
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