The executives at Longford County Council and Coillte have been commended for driving the Center Parcs initiative over the last number of years.
Fianna Fáil Deputy Robert Troy remarked, “Center Parcs first looked at Longford as a potential area to invest in as far back as 2004. I would like to commend the executives at Longford County Council and Coillte who drove this initiative single handedly over the last number of years.”
Welcoming the announcement that one of Europe’s largest holiday resort firms, Center Parcs, is to invest €200m in a new complex in Longford, Deputy Troy commented,
“This investment highlights the potential that exists to grow the tourism industry in Longford over the coming years. We have a unique landscape on offer in the Midlands Region that can be marketed to people across Europe. The government and industry stakeholders need to work hard to realise this potential.
“The government, along with Longford County Council, need to ensure there is an efficient planning process to support this investment. There is potential to attract further investment in the future so it is important the process is handled correctly.”
Deputy Troy also emphasised the importance of Coillte to the Irish economy and the need to further develop the company in the coming years.
“The announcement also underlines the strategic importance of Coillte to the state. Reports indicate that Center Parcs is looking to lease hundreds of acres of mature and semi-mature forestry at Newcastle. This represents a significant income stream for Coillte and by extension the entire country will benefit.
“There is significant potential to grow Coillte in the coming years by attracting companies such as Center Parcs to enter into long term leasing arrangements and developing renewable energy centres.
“The government needs to recognise the strategic importance of Coillte and ensure that it remains in the hands of the Irish people” said Deputy Troy.