Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says Failte Ireland must build on West Cork’s reputation and ensure that investment streams for tourism are protected.  It comes after TripAdvisor users voted Inchydoney number 1 Travellers’ Choice Beach.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony commented, “West Cork has long been renowned for its incredible scenery, beaches, warmth and friendliness.  The development of the Wild Atlantic Way has provided a huge boost to the region but we cannot be complacent and I am calling on tourism bodies to capitalise on this latest accolade.

“Being named the best beach in Ireland by TripAdvisor Users is  a major coup and presents an opportunity for us to build on the already solid reputation that the West Cork region has, both at home and abroad.

“I am encouraging Fáilte Ireland to put a renewed focus on West Cork.  While there has been investment in the past, this should be increased and a real effort made to boost the county’s profile and appeal.  Tourism is an incredibly important industry here and recognition like topping the TripAdvisor best beach list should not be let pass without an attempt to build on the progress made to date”.