20 NOVEMBER 2018
ICSA rural development chair Seamus Sherlock has welcomed the announcement of €8.14 million in funding for strategic projects under the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The announcement was made today (20 Nov) by Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development.
Commenting Mr Sherlock said, “The on-going development of a number of very deserving projects has been secured by this announcement today. Recreational tourism comprises a very important component in maintaining the fabric of rural Ireland and we commend all the efforts that go into planning and developing these initiatives.”
Mr Sherlock added that, “For these projects to succeed consultation with local farmers and landowners affected is crucial. Engagement needs to begin from the very inception of a project and not when decisions have been made. Unfortunately we have learned from bitter experience that a lack of proper engagement with those farmers and landowners impacted can cause problems down the line.”
“The aim of scheme is provide quality recreational infrastructure for locals and visitors alike and this can be achieved with all stakeholders included at every step along the way.”