The Deputy will be pleased to note that investment in activity-based tourism and tourist attractions has been prioritised under the National Development Plan 2018-2027, in order to provide the type and quality of experience that visitors are seeking. Almost €108 million has been allocated to Fáilte Ireland for capital investment in tourism between 2018 and 2021 and it is intended that this level of funding will, at a minimum, be maintained over the lifetime of the National Development Plan. This investment will support and grow tourism across Ireland, in line with the further development and promotion of the regional tourism brand experiences.
However, although my Department provides funding to Fáilte Ireland for investment in tourism, it has no role in the administration of the agency’s funding programmes or in the development of individual tourism sectors such as walking tourism. Accordingly, I have asked Fáilte Ireland to provide the Deputy with further detail in regard to investment in this sector and on the types of projects eligible for assistance under its capital grants schemes. Please contact my office if you do not hear within ten working days.