€1.3M plan for new Malin Head marine centre

New park would create jobs and bring more tourists here

Malin Head

An ambitious plan to establish and develop Ireland’s first national marine park, biosphere fishery reserve and an associated ocean centre at Malin Head would be a major boost for all of north Donegal.

The €1.3 million blueprint would see Malin Head transformed from its current underdeveloped state into one of the most important marine centres in Europe.

Expected to create up to thirteen full-time and part-time jobs as well as twelve research posts, the ambitious plans include €400,000 for site purchase, road access and car park; €640,000 for the centre building and €255,000 for interactive displays, auditorium, education and lab facilities.

Funding for the scheme has been identified and the overall plan could take five to ten years to fully implement with vast benefits for the entire area.

Inishowen Wildlife Ranger Emmet Johnston explained the thinking behind the proposed facility, which will also create up to twenty jobs during the construction period.

“North Inishowen in one of the most deprived areas in the country with low employment and general deprivation. This plan aims to bring the community, the fishermen, the natural environment and all the rest together. We want to make people associate this area with best fishing practice and concern for the environment,” he explained.

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