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The Minister for Tourism has been called upon to “step in” and ensure investment at Malin Head.

Despite Failte Ireland confirming they are “fully committed” to the development and enhancement of the site, local development groups and Councillor Martin McDermott said this isn’t good enough.

Failte Ireland’s commitment came after the ‘Journal’ told on Tuesday how there was concern in the local community at the lack of investment in tourism services.

It has also since emerged that buses filled with tourists have had to turn back on their way to Banba’s Crown due to a lack of space.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday, Colr McDermott said it has now become abundantly clear there will not be funding for Phase II - a car park and toilets - for a long period 
of time.

He welcomed the news that Failte Ireland are committed to undertaking a “proper project” at Malin Head but said if they are to wait for design plans for a visitor’s centre, as has been suggested, it will be “a long way away.”

“It seems the money isn’t there. While I welcome the commitment, a visitor’s centre is a long way down the line as we’ll have to go through negotiations which means we’re not going to have basic services there when we need them. It’s quite clear there’s no Phase II.

“We are now seek a 
meeting with the Minister to ensure this is moved forward. This affects all of 
Donegal.”

Failte Ireland say they want to get any development at Malin Head right “first time” and the toilets and car parking will be part of major works.