Chamber of Commerce President reiterates support for €233m Center Parcs project in Co Longford

Longford Chamber of Commerce & Industry President, Fintan McGill, has reiterated the business group’s support for the €233m Center Parcs project for Co Longford.

The ambitious project is currently the subject of a number of planning appeals to An Bord Pleanála. Speaking today, the President said that the planning application has already been rigorously reviewed and approved by Longford Co Council. And he added: “We respect the public’s right to appeal any planning decision and I am satisfied that An Bord Pleanála will be able to work through any remaining issues, should any come to light.”

The Chamber President went on to emphasise how important the project will be to Co Longford and said: “It is one of the largest tourism projects for the entire country and it would put Ballymahon and consequently Co Longford front and centre stage as a tourist destination. That is something we have long campaigned for.”

Mr McGill also paid tribute to the role played by the executive of Longford Co Council in advancing the project. He said: “Center Parcs did not happen overnight and there was a huge amount of preparatory work from the executive of the Council and I want to acknowledge and commend their input. I would also single out the efforts of the planning department who had to process more than eighty submissions in relation to the development.”

An Bord Pleanála is expected to rule on the appeals by the end of July and subject to a favourable outcome, Mr McGill is hopeful that building work could commence straight away. He said: “The senior management from Center Parcs have been very open from the outset. They engaged with the public from the get-go and in all my dealings with them, I have found them to be honourable and extremely committed to this project.”

And he went on to add: “Center Parcs will be good for Ireland and good for Irish tourism but it will be great for Co Longford. It will bring much needed jobs, both direct and indirectly and it will shine a bright light on the county’s huge but heretofore hidden tourism potential.”

 For further information, contact:

 Fintan McGill

President

Longford Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Mobile: 087 – 242 6388