Written answers

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Wild Atlantic Way Project

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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794. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason Grianán of Aileach in County Donegal has not been identified as a discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way despite its significant tourism footfall and its close proximity to the coast. [23345/19]

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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My Department’s role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy. While my Department provides funding to Fáilte Ireland for investment in tourism development, it is not directly involved in individual tourism projects or programmes such as the Wild Atlantic Way.

I believe that the north-west section of the Wild Atlantic Way and its hinterland, including County Donegal, has very exciting potential for tourism and I am very supportive of our tourism agencies’ efforts to increase visits to the area.

With specific regard to the Grianán of Aileach, I understand that Fáilte Ireland already promotes this as a “must-see” destination in the region and that it has further plans to maximise the potential of this ancient site. I have asked Fáilte Ireland to respond directly to the Deputy's question and to provide further detail on its current promotions and further plans for this site. Please contact my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.

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