Funding Secured for Iconic Errigal Project
Sinn Féin Councillor John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh has today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement that EU funding has been secured for an ambitious development project for Donegal’s tallest peak, Mount Errigal.
Praising the efforts of the local steering group who will now manage the project in partnership with Donegal County Council, Cllr Ó Fearraigh said that the funding which amounts to over €560,000 will help to preserve the iconic mountain and will also attract additional visitors to the region each year.
Cllr Ó Fearraigh said:
“I am delighted to have received confirmation from Donegal County Council that funding for this ambitious Errigal project has been secured through the EU’s ‘ACCENT’ programme.
“This funding has come about as a direct result of the efforts of both the local community steering group and also the Community and Enterprise Officer with Donegal County Council who have worked hard to have this project included as part of this funding programme.
“This funding will enable much needed preservation and development work to take place around Mount Errigal and the surrounding terrain which is needed to ensure the future of the landmark.
“The funding for this flagship project will be spent on staffing, research and data gathering and will also involve the construction of a path way at the foot of the mountain.
“Naturally this announcement is a fantastic one for West Donegal and it has been achieved due to the work of the local community who will now take charge of delivering this ambitious venture in partnership with the local authority. Essentially, this highlights what can be achieved when community groups and the council work together.
“Mount Errigal is an iconic landmark and is a symbol for this county. Today’s funding announcement will enable the landmark to receive the recognition which it so thoroughly deserves as one of Ireland’s most beautiful natural land features.”