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Written Answers. - National Parks and Nature Reserves.

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 1

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 97. Mr. Callely Information on Ivor Callely Zoom on Ivor Callely  asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Information on Michael D. Higgins Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  if he will give a breakdown of the £6.65 million expenditure on national parks and nature reserves under the EU Operational Programme for Tourism 1994 to 1999; the locations in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9152/96]

Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (Mr. M. Higgins): Information on Michael D. Higgins Zoom on Michael D. Higgins A total of £6.65 million of structural funds has been allocated for National Parks and Nature Reserves under Measure 3 (Natural Environment) of Sub-Programme 1 (Natural/Cultural Tourism) in the 1994-1999 Operational Programme for Tourism.

The list of the six approved projects under this programme is as follows:—

1. Mayo National Park, £2.00 million; Provision of visitor facilities.

2. Provision/Improvement of Visitor Facilities at Nature Reserves and Conservation sites across the country, £2.3 million; The facilities range in scale from information or direction signs to improvements to paths and provision of small parking areas.

3. Clara Nature Reserve, £1.1 million; Provision of study/visitor facilities.

4. Glengarriff Nature Reserve, £0.4 million; Improvement of visitor information and facilities.

[134] 5. Lough Hyne Nature Reserve, £0.5 million; Provision of study/visitor facilities.

6. Doneraile Court. £0.35 million; Provision and improvement of visitor facilities.


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