What we do
What we do
a. In Ireland legislation permitting access to the countryside is non-existent.
b. Our few Rights of Way and permissive access to the countryside are under constant threat and challenge.
c. No law has ever been passed to protect responsible access to the countryside.
d. KEEP IRELAND OPEN is working to bring our legislation into line with international standards.
We will continue to lobby politicians and other opinion makers both at national and EU level. We will endeavour to raise access problems in the national and local media. We will research the laws and access conditions in other European Countries.
There is a significant increase in hillwalking both by the young and not so young. Walking in Ireland can be obstructed by barbed-wire fencing. In addition, walkers have to struggle with poorly maintained paths where no stiles or similar infrastructure are provided. Even approved walks and Greenways are only permissive routes and can be closed by landowners with minimal or no notice.