Limerick digs its heels in on the Wild Atlantic Way

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618_348_driving-irelands-wild-atlantic-wayIT is a proposal that has been mooted before in the corridors of power at Limerick City and County Council, but our dogged local councillors just won’t let it go.

Speaking at last week’s Travel and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee meeting, Sinn Féin councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh called for Limerick to be included on the Wild Atlantic Way.

It is an argument the City East representative has presented at City Hall in the past, but he is adamant that Limerick City and County Council should continue the fight to have Limerick included on the route in the interest of continuity.

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“Limerick is the only city that is bypassed on the Wild Atlantic Way, and is the only part of the route which does not have an alternative to using a ferry. Tourists have to travel into Foynes, but then make a complete U-turn and travel back to Tarbert for the ferry,” he told council members.

Fine Gael councillor for City East, Michael Sheahan, supported his call to have Limerick included on the lucrative tourist trail.

Physical Development Directorate Responsible for the Metropolitan District, Kieran Lehane, pointed out that the local authority had done its very best to get Limerick included on the Wild Atlantic Way.

However, he admitted that it was “stretching it a bit” to say that Limerick was actually on the coastline which the scenic trail follows.

by Alan Jacques

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