Funding for Malahide Castle Project given Green Light

18/05/2011

Fine Gael TD for Dublin North Alan Farrell has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government that €6.5m will be allocated to the Malahide Castle Project, describing it as an economic driver for job creation in the Fingal area.

“As a result of notification from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government that funding of the Malahide Castle is now forthcoming, I am very pleased that Fingal County Council may now plan for the considerable works on the Malahide Craft courtyard and Botanical Gardens within the Malahide demesne.
“The project will bring be an encouraging boost to local tourism, and it is noteworthy that 100 jobs will be created during the construction phase, in a wide range of areas including conservation and construction, and a further 100 jobs will be generated thereafter once the project is completed.

“This project has been in the pipeline for a number of years. Indeed, it was first mentioned in the 1990’s with the idea to bring the historical site up to and above the standard of any modern tourist landmarks of its kind, featuring a new visitor centre, craft & tourism related shops, a restaurant and wheelchair and mobility impaired access to the castle complex not to mention providing public access to the wonderful botanic walled gardens.

“I believe this will be a critical economic driver for job creation in the Malahide and the Fingal area and I am pleased to have had involvement in this project during my time as a councillor.”