Public asked for feedback on how to enhance amenities

Minister Heather Humphreys launching the outdoor recreation funding consultation. (Picture: Rory Geary)

A three week consultation involving members of the public giving their views on how best to improve and develop our outdoor amenities such as our trails, cycleways, waterways, beaches, mountains, bogs and forests, was launched last week by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys.

Ireland’s first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy is the first stage of a two-stage consultation process. In the first stage, interested stakeholders and individuals are encouraged to share their views on outdoor recreation via an online questionnaire.

The public are also being asked to consider ways to develop activity tourism and outdoor pursuits such as cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, surfing, wind-surfing, sailing, paragliding and hang-gliding.

Responses will inform the preparation of the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy for Ireland, with the closing date for receipt of submissions being set at 5pm on 23 June, 2021.

The delivery of the strategy, which is being developed in partnership with Comhairle na Tuaithe (The Countryside Council), is a key commitment in Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious five-year policy to revitalise Rural Ireland.

To input your views on outdoor recreation, please complete the online questionnaire on