Midwest tourism has suffered a blow with the rejection by An Bord Pleanála of plans for a road and rail museum in west Clare on road safety grounds.
The proposal was part of the West Clare railway tourist attraction where numbers have increased substantially since the return of the 117-year-old Slieve Callan steam engine in August last year. The West Clare railway operated between 1892 and 1962.
The proposal to rejuvenate the railway is the brainchild of entrepreneur, Jackie Whelan who said yesterday he was “very disappointed”.
Last December, Clare County Council gave the go-ahead to the plan but the National Roads Authority appealed.