Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East, Charlie McConalogue, has welcomed confirmation from Fáilte Ireland that the Wild Atlantic Way scenic tourist route will incorporate Donegal’s entire coast, which will start from Malin Head.
The decision followed widespread annoyance in Co Donegal when only the south of the county was initially included in the plans.
This week, Deputy McConalogue met with the Bord Fáilte Destinations Development Manager, Paddy Matthews, who confirmed that Donegal will be a pivotal part of the route.
Deputy McConalogue commented: “It is very important that all of Donegal is part of the route allowing the county to show case what it has to offer, with some of the best views in the world, let alone Ireland.
“The route would see Donegal get some mainstream attention through an aggressive marketing campaign. It will also include plans for upgrade works along the route, which will improve viewpoints and provide information for tourists.
“The route is in its very early stages with €1.8million being invested in Connemara at the moment. Negotiations with local authorities regarding planning are also on-going, with consultations taking place about which locations should be included.
“Bord Fáilte are working on a detailed plan which should be available by the end of the year and I look forward to seeing progress on a project that would undoubtedly bring benefits to Donegal and the West of Ireland as a whole,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.