FÁILTE Ireland, the main tourism body responsible for promoting the Wild Atlantic Way has been displaying “contempt for West Cork,” according to local councillors.
The claim was made at the recent meeting of the West Cork Municipal District held in Skibbereen where the campaign to include the Seven Heads Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way was raised again.
Cllr John O’Sullivan asked for the support of his colleagues in lobbying Fáilte Ireland to have the peninsula included and received unanimous support.
Councillors were told that Fiona Monaghan, head of the Wild Atlantic Way at Fáilte Ireland was written to more than a month ago by the Seven Heads Peninsula campaign requesting a meeting, and as yet not even an acknowledgement of the letter had been received.
The issue of a lack of adequate funding to develop the Dursey Cable Car was also raised by Cllr Danny Collins.
Cathaoirleach Joe Carroll said, “We can’t be strong enough in condemning Fáilte Ireland’s contempt for West Cork. We have to keep writing and making our case. If the cable car was in Clare you can be sure they’d be pumping money into it”.
The Seven Heads campaign subsequently issued a statement asking for a meeting to be arranged.
“A full month has nearly elapsed, and to the sheer amazement and utter dissatisfaction of the committee and the public representatives lobbying on our behalf, we have received neither an acknowledgment of nor a reply to the letter.
“Furthermore, our emails has not been acknowledged or replied to, and calls made to Ms Monaghan’s office have not been returned. The committee therefore, respectfully request that Ms Monaghan acknowledges and responds to our correspondence, so that a meeting can be arranged to include the Seven Heads on the Wild Atlantic Way.
“Should we receive no satisfactory response to our correspondences by Wednesday 12th July, on which date a full month will have elapsed, the committee will be left with no option but to escalate the efforts of the campaign,” they said.