Failte Ireland to consider Malin Head development

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Failte Ireland is to consider an application this week for the development of car parking at toilet facilities at Malin Head.

The move was confirmed to Deputy Charlie McConalogue, who raised the issue in the Dail.

The board meeting will also consider an application for funding to enable Donegal County Council to assess what additional facilities could be put in place in the area to support the tourists who visit the area each year and attract more to come.

Speaking to the Journal yesterday, Deputy McConalogue said that as planning permission is already in place for the development of the car parking and toilet facilities it is hoped, if the application is successful, that work on these facilities could begin soon and be in place for the beginning of the new tourism season.

He added the consideration of the application was positive and was a change from Failte Ireland’s previous stance which stated they would only consider the car park and toilets in line with a larger plan to include a visitors’ centre.

He said the new measure was more consistant with the previous plan that development at Malin Head would be undertaken in three stages, with stage one already completed.

Deputy McConalogue said it was essential these facilities are put in place “sooner rather than later,” adding that the development of phase three of the plan would take some time.

He said: “These facilities are needed now so this is a very welcome development.”

Responding to Deputy McConalogue in the Dail, Minister Michael Ring said Failte Ireland and his department supports the need for investment at the location, in line with ensuring the protection and sensitivity of the natural environment.