Coastal walkway dream must be realised

If you’re going to dream, dream big.

That’s, obviously, something former TD and Minister Jimmy Deenihan believes in.

This week, he organised a tourism seminar in Tralee with the focus on developing a Wild Atlantic Way walking route along the spectacular Kerry coastline. What a truly wonderful idea.

If properly developed, it could transform Kerry tourism and drive it to heights never thought possible.

As with all such great ideas, it takes little or no explaining. It’s charm and potential is self-evident. And you wonder why such a coastal walking route has not been developed already.

Now what we need is planning, consultation, agreement with landowners and local communities - and then the plan needs to be implemented in a timely manner.

Jimmy Deenihan has landed on a tourism idea that could attract enormous numbers of visitors into our wonderful county. That in turn would create business opportunities that would sustain communities and keep young people at home in Kerry.

There is a chance now to develop a coastal walkway in a way that gets the necessary buy-in from landowners in particular.

We must learn the lessons of the South Kerry Greenway to ensure that.

Deenihan’s coastal walkway dream must become reality.