Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald

TWO local tourism projects are to receive €20,000 in funding under the Governments’ 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

The funding is part of an €11 million scheme for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland.

Tanaiste and local TD Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the news, saying: “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.”

The Tanaiste said that recreational tourism was a growing industry and that the funding would help to attract more visitors to the area.

She said: “Figures from Failte 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.”

Each project is funded by the Government grant worth 80%, with South Dublin County Council making up the difference.

The Tanaiste added: “I want to commend the council for their consistent focus on enhancing the tourism prospective in the county.”

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