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Tourism plan has potential to revitalise southern region – McLellan

21 March, 2013

Speaking in response to Fáilte Ireland’s decision to refuse funding to Cork County Council to develop Spike Island as a major tourist attraction, Sinn Fein spokesperson on Tourism and Cork East TD Sandra McLellan said:
“I am very concerned. Tourism is supposed to be central to the government’s programme for economic recovery yet the refusal to provide funding for the Spike Island project flies in the face of this.
“In the Programme for Government and the Action Plan for Jobs the government clearly states that ‘targeting capital investment in public tourism and infrastructure’ will be one of their key policy actions.
“If this Government is serious about tourism making a contribution to the country’s economic recovery then it needs to invest in projects that can deliver in terms of jobs and visitor numbers.
“The master plan commissioned by Cork County Council envisages the island being turned into a 100-acre national park with the potential to attract up to 200,000 tourists a year.
“Cobh’s historic importance in relation to emigration, the Titanic and because until WWII it was the headquarters of the British Navy in Ireland, means it has the capacity to become one of the country’s main tourist destinations.
“The development of Spike Island and its incorporation into a strategic tourism plan for the town has the potential to provide the greater southern region with a much needed economic boost and more importantly, employment.

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