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'Urgent development needed in Falmouth'

"It's absolutely beautiful inside here, but once we ventured out the gates, the reality of some of what we saw on the outside proved to be a rather rude awakening for us." That was how Rose McCarthy, a cruise visitor from Ireland, described her sightseeing trip into the town of Falmouth last week Wednesday.

Speaking more candidly about her native Ireland, McCarthy continued: "We are living in a country that has poverty at the moment, but they would like to see the roads and some of the houses and the way some of the people live, and I tell you, they would think that they were millionaires in comparison. That's the sad part really, and I don't think people in Ireland realise how well off they are."

Since opening its doors to cruise tourism in 2011, Falmouth, which is also home to the world's largest cruise ship port, has come under intense scrutiny, mainly due to the deplorable conditions that exist in the town.

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