Laois & Offaly to receive a total of €770,000 to improve routes, trails & signage in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D., has today announced over €6 million for 14 large-scale projects under Measure 3 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme of which Laois will receive €270k and Offaly will receive €500k.

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said :

“I know how important our outdoor amenities have been to everyone during Covid-19.

“That’s why one of my main priorities as Minister for Rural and Community Development will continue to be investing in the great outdoors: Our greenways blueways, trails, cycle paths and forest walks.

“The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme has provided invaluable investment for outdoor amenities and facilities in rural areas over the past five years.

“I am delighted to announce the allocation of a further €6 million for 14 projects large-scale projects today. These projects will support the development and expansion of significant outdoor amenities and trails throughout the country which will benefit local communities and visitors alike.

“The investment will also have major spin-off economic benefits for our rural communities.”

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, said :

“Outdoor recreation and activities play a key role in the development of sustainable tourism nationwide, and these projects will encourage tourists and locals alike to experience the unique Irish countryside and natural environment.”

Orla Carroll, Director of Product Development, Fáilte Ireland said :

“The availability of world-class outdoor activities and experiences like trails, cycleways and blueways will play a key role in tourism as we prepare for re-opening and recovery, and the variety and regional spread of these projects, along with those funded in earlier measures of the ORIS Scheme, will benefit communities and visitors nationwide.”


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