Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Select Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport
National Tourism Development Authority (Amendment) Bill 2015.
I am straying a little. The purpose of the Bill is to provide for an increase in the amount of money that can be spent. I appreciate the Chairman's leniency. The tender referred to is prescriptive in terms of the focus being on areas to the left of Ireland's Ancient East and the right of the Wild Atlantic Way, which means counties Longford, Westmeath, Offaly and Tipperary, which for some unknown reason form part of Ireland's Ancient East, will be excluded. The programme for Government commits to the establishment of a Lakelands brand. A report commissioned by Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland recommended the establishment of a Lakelands brand. Will that brand be established and does the tender process commenced in the last two weeks form part of plans in that regard?