News 2022

Title:  Have your say on Ireland’s new Outdoor Recreation Strategy
Date:  05/05/2022

Have your say on Ireland’s new Outdoor Recreation Strategy

Mountaineering Ireland is encouraging its clubs and members to respond to the current public consultation on the development of a new National Outdoor Recreation Strategy for Ireland.

The last couple of years have reinforced the value of the outdoors to our health and wellbeing, and the importance of having space for recreation close to home. We have also seen the pressure that increased numbers can exert on the goodwill of private landowners and on the natural environment, as well as the need for education and management of recreation activity on the ground. This new strategy is about making outdoor recreation work well for everyone.

The scope of the strategy covers recreation activities that take place on land and water and in the air, it also includes activity tourism and passive enjoyment of the outdoors. The strategy is being developed by Comhairle na Tuaithe, Ireland’s national advisory body on outdoor recreation, in conjunction with the Department of Rural & Community Development. Mountaineering Ireland is playing a central role in the Working Group leading the development of the strategy.

The National Outdoor Recreation Strategy will provide a vision and an overarching framework to support the growth and sustainable development of outdoor recreation in Ireland. Major changes are proposed in the focus of investment in outdoor recreation, including a co-leadership role for Sport Ireland and a coordinating role for Local Sports Partnerships at county level.

Mountaineering Ireland is encouraging its clubs and members to respond to the current public consultation, and to share this survey with others. The consultation closes at midnight on Tuesday 17th May.

Complete the consultation survey HERE 

Background information on this consultation HERE

Mountaineering Ireland's key issues for the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy are HERE 

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