03 February 2011

Fitzgerald commissions report on potential of Liffey Valley area

Senator’s report reveals potential environmental, economic and tourism potential of creating a Regional Park in the Liffey Valley area

Local Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald has commissioned a report on the potential for a regional park in the Liffey Valley area. Senator Fitzgerald was joined at a forum of local Fine Gael representatives by Fine Gael Leader, Enda Kenny TD to discuss the protection and potential of the Liffey Valley area.

Speaking after this visit by Enda Kenny, Senator Fitzgerald said, “The visit by the Fine Gael Leader to our area to discuss the Liffey Valley clearly demonstrates his interest and that of the Fine Gael Party to this issue. I have consistently argued that we need to harness the environmental and natural diversity of the Liffey Valley area for the benefit of the community, recreational activities and the tourism and economic benefits which could arise from the area.”
“I commissioned a report to examine the potential of the Liffey Valley for the creation of such a regional park and the findings are extremely encouraging. The report looks at the example of the Lagan Valley Regional Park in Northern Ireland and the achievements of this park for its region. There are many similarities between the two geographic regions including the fact that both areas could be linear parks, that a river runs through both areas and that both areas straddle a number of administrative areas,” said Senator Fitzgerald.

“There are a number of challenges which would need to be met in terms of making this a possibility in the Liffey Valley including the need for a cohesive management structure to be put in place. I am convinced, however, that this aspiration could become a reality with the right political leadership matched with community-will,” stated Senator Fitzgerald.

“I will continue to pursue this issue and I look forward to working with the local community on this matter. I hope my report adds to the information and ideas available for this area,” concluded Senator Fitzgerald.