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2011-12-11 18:30:48
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Now is the Winters of our Discontent
(Sunday Times 11-12-11) Ramblers who need to be assisted during severe weather conditions or who stray into locations that are known to be dangerous should pay some of the costs of the rescue. Irene Winters of Fine Gael says there are continual cases of “irresponsible" behaviour in the Wicklow mountains, requiring expensive rescue operations by voluntary groups already under financial strain. She argues that hillwalkers should pay up if they need to be rescued after Met Eireann has issued weather alerts. “Increasingly, people are going up into the mountains completely unprepared,” Winters said. “If people knew they had to make a contribution, they would prepare better.” She argues that payments should be based on ability to pay, the rescue cost, and an official assessment of how reckless a person had been. Those who can't afford to pay should be asked to organise fundraising. Mountain Rescue Ireland, which represents12 voluntary teams north and south of the border, recorded 365 incidents last year, its busiest ever. Seamus Bradley, its chairman, is opposed to fines, and points out many people donate voluntarily after rescues. He believes that defining what constitutes recklessness would be too difficult. “We would be fearful that [a charge] would delay someone calling for assistance when they need it,” he said. Bradley believes many many hikers are caught out by Ireland's fast changing weather. "At one point we were that inexperienced person. The fact that we are now in mountain rescue teams and see the mistakes that can happen dosen't mean that we sit, gloat and profit off the people that we used to be.” Brian Murray, whose Donegal mountain rescue team is the busiest in Ireland, said rescue costs vary. Multiple vehicle call-outs can cost hundreds of euros in diesel alone. He says educating people about the dangers of the mountains is more appropriate."
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Object to very high windfarm in Sperrins?
simon3 a day ago.
Mountaineering Ireland is considering submitting an objection to a revised application for the Doraville Wind Farm in the Sperrins, on the grounds of visual impact and detraction from the walking/...

  
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Corranabinnia Horseshoe
Peter Walker a day ago.
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Near Glendoo Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Tobi a day ago.
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Cnoc Lios Uachtair: Connemara in the round
fieldoptic 3 days ago.
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Glendalough Larger Loop
t.prewitz a day ago.
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fieldoptic 3 days ago.
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Curra Hill: Cloudy Climb
andreos97 2 days ago.
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Ballinacorbeg: Worth a brief visit
Bunsen7 6 days ago.
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Day 21 Germany Trip
simoburn a day ago.
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Ballinafunshoge: Eastern View
Bunsen7 6 days ago.
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Day 19 Germany Trip
simoburn 3 days ago.
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roscorrocket 2 days ago.
Only getting round to posting this now, as other factors intervened, but last Friday (July 14th) when coming towards the end of a circuit of five of the Mournes seven sevens, I watched in amazemen...


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