Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte is calling on the Tourism Minister to ensure the progression of the Ireland’s Lakelands programme, which aims to increase tourism along the River Shannon and its surrounding areas.  This would provide a much needed boost to the east Galway region.

The plan is contained in the Programme for Partnership Government.

Deputy Rabbitte commented, “The Ireland’s Lakelands plan has the potential to live up to the success of the Wild Atlantic Way, if it gets the necessary backing and support from the Government.  Tourism has always been an important economic driver in the west of Ireland, but we need to see it expanded to other areas.  This blueprint would see the River Shannon used as the focal point and would develop tourism attractions across Cavan, Leitrim , Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath, East Galway, Offaly, Tipperary , Clare and Limerick as well as encompassing all the river’s tributaries and the canal network across the Midlands.

“The potential for this plan cannot be underestimated, however it needs Government support and since the Programme for Government was published in May there has been little talk about the project.

“I will be writing to Minister Shane Ross to establish what progress has been made on the project over the past three months, and to emphasise the importance of this initiative to all towns and villages which are set to benefit from the plan.  We cannot afford to let Ireland’s Lakelands languish and become another broken promise and I will continue to press Minister Ross on the issue until we see progress”.