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Forest Recreational Facilities.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 20 May 2009

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Questions (54)

Bernard Allen


81 Deputy Bernard Allen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the progress made on the plans to provide high rope adventure courses in forests here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20151/09]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

As previously advised to the House, following approaches from a number of potential aerial trail operators interested in operating such facilities on Coillte lands, the company examined the issue of locating aerial trail adventure systems in a small number of appropriate locations across the country, which is part of the company's strategy to improve the recreational facilities in the forest estate and promote its value as a recreational resource.

I understand from Coillte that it ran a competition for interested parties and received proposals from commercial operators on the operation of aerial trail adventure systems on its properties and that the operator Jungle Parc was chosen as the preferred operator. Planning permission has been granted to Jungle Parc to operate such a facility at Lough Key Forest Park in conjunction with Coillte's joint venture company, Moylurg Rockingham, but no works have yet commenced.