Inishowen councillors to meet regarding Irish Open funding needs

Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen Municipal District, Sinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray, has called for a comprehensive discussion amongst his fellow councillors in the peninsula regarding the funding which is still required to successfully host the Irish Open.

Cllr Murray has requested that the Inishowen Councillors discuss the situation during Tuesday’s Municipal District meeting.


Commenting on the matter, Cllr Murray said;


“Two weeks ago, a cross party group of councillors and Oireachtas members met with Minister Shane Ross and put forward the need for additional funding so that County Donegal can host the Irish Open as successfully and smoothly as possible.


“Unfortunately however, Minister Ross gave no commitment to release such funding.


“Subsequently along with Cllr Albert Doherty and Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, I met with the manager of Ballyliffin Golf Club and discussed the current situation. We agreed that this funding is necessary and that a strong case must be made for greater support.


“The Irish Open – and the beauty of Inishowen – will be beamed into half a billion homes worldwide throughout the tournament. It will bring a minimum injection of €10million into the local economy as some 100,000 spectators are expected in the week of the event.


“We will never again have such an amazing opportunity to showcase the beauty of this area on a global scale.


“So, it is vital that everything runs perfectly and we can’t allow any negative stories to arise. While I am confident that that won’t happen, this funding is necessary to guarantee it.


“The golf club estimates that an additional €2.8million is necessary to support the council in carrying out improvements to roads and infrastructure in the area. This will not only improve access to the event but will also have a lasting benefit to the community in Inishowen long into the future.


“There is no doubt about the key role that Donegal County Council played in securing this incredible event for Ballyliffin. It is now essential that the council gets the support it needs in assisting the successful hosting of the Irish Open.”