28 April 2010

Co-ordinated approach needed to protect & enhance Liffey Valley Park lands - Fitzgerald

Senator continues campaign for the protection of the Liffey Valley and calls on Minister to bring together all the appropriate Councils and agencies to ensure maximum community benefit from this exceptional amenity

Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald has called on the Minister for the Environment to come into the Senate and discuss ways of protecting and enhancing the Liffey Valley lands.

Senator Fitzgerald tabled her requested after attending the very succesful AGM of the Liffey Valley Park Alliance.

Speaking on this issue, Senator Fitzgerald said, "I have always stressed the importance of protecting the Liffey Valley Park lands. This exceptional environmental and recreational amenity is of huge benefit to our communities. We now need leadership to co-ordinate these park lands, ensure their protection and promote their use and benefit to the community."

"I have tabled a debate in the Senate where I want the Minister for the Environment to outline what action his Department is taking to support this natural resource and also to ask him to consider assigning the co-ordination of these lands to a specific Department such as the Office of Public Works. This body could then bring together all the appropriate Councils and agencies to support and enhance the Liffey Valley," continued Senator Fitzgerald.

"The Liffey Valley lands impact on four Councils - South Dublin, Dublin City, Fingal and Kildare - a co-ordinated approach is therefore essential. I look forward to pursuing this issue and seeking the recognition and support the Liffey Valley lands merit," concluded Senator Fitzgerald.