Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick Niall Collins has accused the Government of writing Limerick out of the Wild Atlantic Way. The tourism driving route, which runs along the west coast from Malin to Mizen Head, completely by-passes Limerick city and county.
Deputy Collins commented, “The success of the Wild Atlantic Way has seen businesses across the west coast of the country reaping the rewards of the influx of tourists and visitors over the past year. Major marketing campaigns have seen the popularity of the route grow, bringing much needed revenue to hundreds of towns and villages along the trail. Unfortunately Limerick has been completely ignored by the Government and Fáilte Ireland.
“One of the aims of the Wild Atlantic Way was to direct tourists to less visited areas along the west coast. However, picturesque villages and towns in Co. Limerick have been snubbed. The route crosses the Shannon Estuary at Kilimer over to Tarbert, meaning Limerick is completely overlooked. Hoteliers and other tourism groups along the N69 from Limerick city, Kildimo, Askeaton, Foynes to Glin feel due recognition has not been given to their coastal communities.
“Limerick is being robbed of an opportunity to boost its tourism industry, and despite claims that the Wild Atlantic Way would encourage tourists to explore and experience less well known areas, the omission of Co. Limerick proves that this is simply not the case. Businesses along the Shannon Estuary are now fearful that they will lose any potential tourists to other nearby locations, which are included on the route.
“It is completely unacceptable that Limerick has been excluded from such a high profile and economically beneficial project. I will continue to raise the issue with Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe to ensure that the county is not left behind when the Government is considering existing or future ventures”.