Local TD and Minister of State Frank Feighan has today warmly welcomed the announcement from Minister Heather Humphreys TD that funding of €500,000 is allocated for the development of the Arigna Energy Inclusive Discovery Park to include a panoramic viewing platform, inclusive activity area and an energy and biodiversity trail.
The announcement was made under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) which will benefit some 84 projects across Ireland.
Arigna Energy Inclusive Discovery Park and Miners Trail received the funding under measure 3 of the programme.
“This is fantastic news for Arigna and North Roscommon in particular, this project will compliment the success of the Mining Experience and will build the visitor experience for tourism for visitors to the region including South Leitrim where Carrick-on-Shannon and Drumshanbo have some rally interesting attractions to visit including ‘The Shed Distillery Visitor Experience’ to name but one”
“I wish to congratulate the project promoters and Roscommon Co Council for their successful application, and can I thank in particular Minister Humphreys who’s department allocated €879,830 to Roscommon under the latest ORIS funding stream” concluded Minister Feighan.
The announcement has also been welcomed by Dr Bláithín Gallagher – Constituency Spokesperson and National Coordinator of the Green Party/An Comhaontas Glas who said:
“It’s great to see support being provided for so many community-based projects in the constituency. All of these wonderful projects will bring valuable local employment opportunities as well as providing a boost to the kind of sustainable transport and tourism that is needed in the area. On top of this, at a time when we can see huge risks to the mental health of so many in our communities these projects provide so many opportunities for people to get out into their surrounding natural environment. Whether it is quite simply to take a walk, or to take part in more high energy activities, these projects are going to bring so much pleasure to everyone.”
(Image of the Arigna Valley courtesy of ‘Marks Photos’ @thewateredgecarrick)