Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes public consultation on the first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy

3rd June, 2021

Minister Joe O’Brien (Green Party)

Dublin Fingal

3rd June 2021

 

Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes public consultation on the first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy

 

Minister Joe O’Brien has welcomed the launch by his Department of a public consultation on Ireland’s first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy.

The delivery of the strategy is a key commitment in Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious five-year policy to revitalise Rural Ireland.

The consultation will last for three weeks and will involve members of the public giving their views on how best to improve and develop our outdoor amenities such as our trails, cycleways, waterways, beaches, mountains, bogs and forests.

The public are also being asked to consider ways to develop activity tourism and outdoor pursuits such as cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, surfing, wind-surfing, sailing, paragliding and hang-gliding.

Following the launch of the public consultation Minister O’Brien said:

I encourage people and sporting and recreation groups in Fingal to engage with this consultation process.  COVID-19 has shown us all how vital our outdoor amenities are for our mental and physical wellbeing.  The aim of this strategy is to place a big focus on tourism, including adventure tourism. There is clearly growing interest in the great outdoors amongst all tourists, both domestically and internationally, and we are well positioned here in Fingal to respond to that demand.”

The consultation will run for the next three weeks with the closing set scheduled for 5pm on 23 June, 2021.

To input your views on outdoor recreation, please complete the online questionnaire on the Government website https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/42e3a-public-consultation-on-a-national-strategy-on-outdoor-recreation/

Responses will inform the preparation of the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy for Ireland.

ENDS

For further information contact johanna.walsh@oireachtas.ie