News 2018 

Title:  Mountaineering Ireland supports petition seeking State purchase of Luggala
Date:  04/09/2018

Mountaineering Ireland supports petition seeking State purchase of Luggala

 

Mountaineering Ireland is calling on its members to sign an online petition to Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, urging the Minister to re-engage with the Guinness family trust that owns Luggala Estate with a view to the State purchasing Luggala’s mountain lands as part of Wicklow Mountains National Park.

The fact that the sale of Luggala Estate could result in the reversal of a long tradition of public access to the mountains of Luggala and Knocknacloghoge and the route down to Lough Dan, illustrates just how vulnerable Ireland’s current access arrangements are.

In addition to signing the petition and sharing it with others, Mountaineering Ireland is also urging walkers and climbers to write to their local TDs, Minister Madigan, or other relevant Ministers (e.g Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross TD; Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, or Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD whose portfolio includes Rural Recreation), to express their concern about securing continued access to the lands at Luggala. Writing to TDs or Ministers, or better still calling to their constituency office, is likely to make a greater impact. Get details for your local TD here

Mountaineering Ireland recognises that purchase by the State cannot be the solution to every situation where recreational access is under threat, however the land in question is surrounded on three sides by Wicklow Mountains National Park.

Read more about Mountaineering Ireland’s position on Luggala here

Note: The petition was set up by an individual who is a Wicklow resident, with a love of nature and the outdoors, who is not affiliated with any politician or political party.

Please:

  • Sign the petition
  • Share the petition with others
  • Contact your local TD or a relevant Minister
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