Portumna needs tourism cash to realise potential

Deputy Anne Rabbitte...figures.
Deputy Anne Rabbitte...figures.

Picturesque Portumna needs state support to encourage more tourism, Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte said.

The Fianna Fáil Deputy said east of the Shannon is supported by Fáilte Ireland but west of the Shannon Bridge is neglected.

“I live on one side of the Shannon bridge in Portumna. On the other side are Tipperary and Offaly. When I cross the Shannon, I enter the ‘Ancient East’. On my side of the bridge is County Galway and there is no development of anything to do with the Shannon there.

“That part of the infrastructure and framework is critical for the vision to grow Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Way and the marketing of Ireland’s Ancient East have been so successful and it is very important that we have the same opportunity to develop the branding and marketing of the River Shannon,” said Deputy Rabbitte.

She noted that some 23 different local authorities into the Shannon, and “that development and framework is very important” is very important for Portumna.

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