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‘Exclusion of Cork East on Wild Atlantic Way a missed opportunity’ – Sandra McLellan TD

2 October, 2014

Sinn Féin Cork East TD Sandra McLellan, during questions to the Minister for Tourism, described the exclusion of Cork East on the Wild Atlantic Way a missed opportunity and called for its expansion.

Deputy McLellan said:

“The Wild Atlantic Way is a beautiful, idyllic and innovative tourist attraction.

“As Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, it is a wonderful initiative that has great potential for expansion.

“Stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork it has had a positive impact on local businesses and communities.

“However, it is a shame that it does not incorporate the entire coastline of the Atlantic.

“Ending in Kinsale means that my own constituency of East Cork is missing out on what would be a much needed boost to the local economy.

“My own hometown of Youghal is located where the mouth of the Blackwater River meets the Atlantic ocean.

“Youghal is a renowned tourist and heritage town which is steeped in history.

“It has so much to offer.

“Within half an hour of Youghal, the Jameson Distillery is situated in Middleton.

“Cobh has the Fota Wildlife Park, a fantastic golfing resort, the Titanic Port and the largest ocean liners in the world.

“In times of economic hardship that has affected many small, rural businesses, it would be a wonderful contribution to the island to have a tourist attraction benefitting as many counties and areas as possible.”

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