News 2016

Title:  Dublin Mountains land to be bought by National Parks & Wildlife Service
Date:  03/08/2016

Dublin Mountains land to be bought by National Parks & Wildlife Service

Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development has today announced that NAMA has agreed the sale of 4,900 acres of land in the Dublin Mountains to the National Parks & Wildlife Service. The Minister spoke of the acquisition as a sign of the State’s enduring commitment to preserve our natural heritage for future generations.

The announcement has been welcomed by Mountaineering Ireland who first approached Minister Ring about this land in 2014. Mountaineering Ireland’s CEO Murrough McDonagh complimented the Minister and his Assistant Secretary Niall O Donnchú for their work to secure this land in the public interest, adding that he was ‘delighted to see this significant environmental, recreational and cultural asset protected for long-term public enjoyment and to work closely with Minister Ring on this and other important projects in the near future’.

The land (4,900 acres or 1,983 hectares) is in the Featherbed area of the Dublin Mountains, to the north of Kippure and adjacent to the northern part of Wicklow Mountains National Park. This expansion brings the overall size of Wicklow Mountains National Park, the largest of Ireland’s six national parks, to 22,000 hectares.

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