News 2019

Title:  New mandate for Comhairle na Tuaithe
Date:  06/06/2019

New mandate for Comhairle na Tuaithe

Mountaineering Ireland welcomed the announcement today by Minister Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development, of a new mandate for Comhairle na Tuaithe, the national advisory body on outdoor recreation.

Minister Ring also introduced Dr. Liam Twomey as the new Chairperson of Comhairle. Dr. Twomey brings valuable experience to this role, both as a former TD, and through his work in general practice.

The rejuvenation of Comhairle follows the Minister’s reflection on a 2016 review of Comhairle na Tuaithe and discussions last year with Comhairle members.

Responding to today’s meeting Mountaineering Ireland Chairperson Paul Barron said:

“It’s great to see Comhairle na Tuaithe coming alive again, and especially good to see the health and well-being benefits of outdoor recreation reflected in the new mandate for Comhairle na Tuaithe.

There is an opportunity now for the Department of Rural & Community Development to adopt a leadership and coordination role to ensure that Ireland’s outdoor recreation sector evolves in a way that is positive for participants, landowners, and local communities, and that is environmentally sustainable.”

Mountaineering Ireland has been a member of Comhairle na Tuaithe since the body was established in 2004 and has made an active contribution to the work of Comhairle, especially in relation to Comhairle’s pilot Mountain Access Project and the development of a booklet on access and occupiers’ liability.

The rejuvenated Comhairle na Tuaithe will have responsibility for advising the Minister on a wide range of matters relating to the future development of Ireland’s growing outdoor recreation sector. Comhairle na Tuaithe is meeting again in July to agree a clear vision for its work and to start the process of developing a new work programme.

The Department of Rural & Community Development is also establishing an inter-departmental working group on outdoor recreation as part of its new structures.

 

For more information read the Department of Rural & Community Development's statement HERE

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