Funding opportunity must be maximised to increase tourism across Ballina and North Mayo

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo, and party spokesperson for rural development, Dara Calleary, has urged Mayo County Council to apply to Fáilte Ireland’s new major capital growth funding programme which has put out a call for applications.


The funding scheme, Platforms for Growth, is worth €150m and aimed at developing and improving major visitor attractions. The scheme will run from 2019 to 2022.


Deputy Calleary commented, “It is vital Mayo County Council maximise their application. We can set an example to follow and must lead the way with innovative projects to increase tourism in our constituency.


“Many towns are reliant on tourism. We must enhance attractions in the county. The local authority should look at a greenway incorporating the Ceide Coast in County Mayo and Killala Bay in Mayo and Sligo. Both local authorities in Counties Mayo and Sligo should work together to increase the funding and viability of this project.


“We should use the opportunity to increase our Franco-Irish heritage. A centre, incorporating the visit of General Humberts mission to Ireland and the West in 1798 should be considered and applied for under the scheme. This can be expanded on and used as a wider French Irish centre for the area.


“There are other local tourism projects I have been involved with which should be prioritised under this scheme. The sinking of a wreck in Killala Bay to promote diving and marine tourism, long championed by my colleague, Cllr. Michael Loftus, is a must; as is the long promised Salmon Life Centre in Ballina.


“There are a variety of local projects which have huge potential to increase tourism numbers in the region. This new scheme can make these potential attractions a reality. They should be pursued immediately,” concluded Deputy Calleary.


Fianna Fail Deputy Leader Dara Calleary TD, pictured on the banks of the River Moy at The Quay, Ballina, Co, Mayo. Picture Henry Wills.