Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has welcomed funding to repair damage caused to the Sligo Way, which was caused by a spate of recent forest fires.

Deputy Scanlon had been in contact with Minister Michael Ring’s office to emphasise the urgent need for repair work to be carried out on this important tourist route.

“The recent forest fires at Killery saw serious damage caused to the boardwalk along the Sligo Way.  The pathway was deemed unsafe and the walking trail was closed to the public.  This hiking and walkway is a major tourist attraction and is one of the routes for the upcoming “Sligo Camino”.  Its closure has a serious impact on the local economy and tourism based businesses in the county.

“I pressed the importance of the repair work with Minister Ring’s office and I welcome the allocation of €54,000 to support the works.

“Sligo has become a hiking and walking destination, bringing thousands of hikers to the county every year.  The damage caused to this part of the trail had the potential to threaten Sligo’s walking and tourism offering but I am pleased that the Minister took my concerns on board and moved quickly to secure money for this important project.

“I hope these works will get underway without delay so that the trail can be included in the Sligo Camino walk in July”.