Frances Fitzgerald, Tánaiste and Local TD, has today welcomed funding for two local projects in Lucan and Clondalkin under the Governments’ 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
The funding is part of a €11million scheme for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland.
Speaking about the announcement today, Fitzgerald commented “I am delighted to welcome funding of €20,000 for the provision of signage to two local tourism projects in Griffeen Valley Park, Lucan and the Camac Greenway, Clondalkin. This funding encapsulates the diversity of work that is ongoing across the country to provide high quality recreational infrastructure for visitors and locals alike.
“Recreational tourism is growing year on year and so it is crucial we continue to improve facilities and encourage more visitors. Figures from Fáilte Ireland show that the hiking and cycling tourism markets are worth approximately €1.2 billion to the Irish economy.
"Aside from the obvious tourism benefits, it’s also hugely important that we maintain and develop our outdoor infrastructure to encourage everyone to keep fit and live a healthy active lifestyle.
“Eighty per cent of each project is funded by the Government grant, with South Dublin County Council making up the difference. The Council in conjunction with local communities have spent significant time and effort developing the project proposals over the last number of months and I am very happy the Government is able to provide the financial resources necessary to support so many projects across the country.
“I want to commend the Council for their consistent focus on enhancing the tourism prospective in the County. The Round Tower Interpretative Centre in Clondalkin has just opened recently and is seeing fantastic results in attracting tourists to the area. I firmly believe that the continued development of our recreational infrastructure will not only support our tourism potential, but will also provide a diverse range of recreation options for local communities to support their own health and fitness and enjoy the outdoors with their families.”