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Opportunity to expand Wicklow National Park should be taken – Brady

13 June, 2016 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady has said that the State should consider purchasing the almost 5000 acres of land being sold on the Dublin-Wicklow border as an addition to the existing National Park.

Deputy Brady said:

“I call on the state to look at acquiring the large plot of land currently for sale in the Dublin and Wicklow mountain areas. As it straddles the Wicklow Mountains National Park, it would make a fine addition to the widely used recreational area and has big tourist potential. 

“The Park is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and was established with the aim of protecting the areas wildlife, landscape and maintaining and improving the area as a recreational resource for citizens and international visitors. From the Glenasmole Valley to Kippure Mountain and the source of the Dodder, this new piece of land would complement the existing park.

“As much of the area falls within the Special Area of Conservation of the National Park, development potential is limited, and the Government could prevent spurious use of the land and expand the already outstanding National Park.

“I will be putting a question directly to the Minister for Natural Resources Denis Naughten on the matter.” 

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