€750,000 additional capital investment in Killarney National Park for 2016
Friday Aug 26 2016
KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin and Fine Gael Kerry County Councillor for the Killarney Municipal District, John Sheahan, have received confirmation today (Friday) from the Minister of State for Regional Economic Development at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and GaeltachtAffairs, Michael Ring, that over €750,000 of capital investment for Killarney National Park is to be made available this year. This figure is in addition to funding already allocated towards the completion and opening of Killarney House and Gardens.
The funding, which is part of the Department’s Capital Programme for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, is aimed at priority capital projects identified within the country’s 6 National Parks and 80 statutory Nature Reserves.
Over a third of the funding is allocated towards the repair of internal roadways within the National Park, while a fifth of the funding is intended to address the consequences of recent flood damage. Funding is also being made available to ensure that Dinis Cottage can re-open, and to complete a strategic land purchase at Tomies Wood to facilitate access to that side of the National Park.
Deputy Griffin and Cllr. Sheahan said:
‘This funding for Killarney National Park is crucial to ensure it remains a vital tourist attraction and local amenity. In particular, we have lobbied hard for funding to improve the condition of the National Park roads and we are delighted that this funding will now help address this issue. We will continue to do all that we can to ensure continued investment in the national park into the future.”