Irish official pushes for the ‘selfie chairs’ on the tourist hotspots

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An Irish politician calls for the installation of “selfie seats” to potentially dangerous tourist hotspots amid an increase in selfie-related accident or death.

Last week, Jim Daly, a Minister of State at the irish Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and older people, told the Southern Star that he is, the proposal of the implementation of the “selfie points” to the National Tourism Development Authority of Ireland. Daly’s pitch also coincides with the increased concerns about selfie-related deaths, which reportedly been on the rise since 2011.

Daly’s plan would be to install the seats in the popular tourist destinations such as the Old Head of Kinsale, Mizen Head, the Beacon in Baltimore and the famous Cliffs of Moher, see above.

The politician with the proposal also comes a month after the Trinity College student Anand Goel fell to his death while allegedly taking a selfie at the Cliffs of Moher on Jan. 4, Irish Central reports.


Daly claims that the seats, called “selfie points” by Lonely Planet and the Irish Mirror, would be a more “steady” way for tourists to take pictures. The Mirror added that Daly feels the seats would also be a boost for tourism, while the occurrence of the tragedy.

On Jan. 4, Trinity College student Anand Goel fell to his death while trying to take a selfie at the Cliffs of Moher, the Irish Central reports.
(Anand Goel/Facebook)

“Families and people love taking photos of themselves in the areas of natural beauty. But often, it is virtually impossible to have a fixed location, or to know where the best shot is,” he told the Star. “Tourists, it is time sensitive, want to know where to go and what to do. They also like bright pictures instead of grainy images on their social media and Instagram.”

Daly kept driving with his pitch, with claims that selfie seats would be “high on the usability and the light on the charges which will be unobtrusive and the protection of the character of the area.”

The minister said that locales such as the Old Head of Kinsale, Mizen Head, the Beacon in Baltimore and Lough Hyne forest, next to the iconic Cliffs of Moher, would be ideal places to install the seats.


Similarly, if an increasing number of people have died in the past few years in selfie-related accidents, some researchers are now calling for the “no-selfie zones” in tourist locations all over the world to prevent people from taking part in risky behaviour for the sake of the perfect photo.

According to 2018, a study published in the Journal of family medicine and primary care, at least 259 people died from October 2011 to November 2017, while snapping selfies, with the highest number occurs between the 20 to 29-year-olds — with 72.5 percent male.

O / o ‘ s friend is now circulating a photo of the 20-year-old student just before his fatal fall, as a warning to others. (Sahil Khenchi Facebook)

In May, a student and a tourist to Australia also fell to his death while taking pictures at a popular ocean cliff tourist attraction. And in the end of September, a Californian woman visiting the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan fell to her death, then said the taking of a selfie, according to the National Park Service officials. She was believed to be walking alone at the time of the accident.


The bodies of Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, were located Thursday. (Facebook)

In October, a “travel-obsessed” Indian couple was an attempt to take a selfie when they plunged to their death in a popular look in Yosemite National Park — just a few months after the duo wrote about having boundaries, while taking travel photos.

Fox News’ Michelle Gant, Katherine Lamb and Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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