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Sunday 20 April 2014

Iniscarra still waits for funding decision

Iniscarra Lake

THE government has been accused of jeopardising Cork's chances of hosting a world fishing championship that is said to be worth millions to the local economy.

THE government has been accused of jeopardising Cork's chances of hosting a world fishing championship that is said to be worth millions to the local economy.

The Inniscarra Lakes Tourism Development Community Group say that the 2014 World Feeding Fishing Championships, due to take place on the lake near Coachford next summer, will instead go to Holland unless funding is approved for works on the lake.

The group say that the sport's governing body insist that the lake's infrastructure must be up to standard if Cork is to host the event and that the development of a 2.8km amenity walk that would provide slipways and access to the lake is essential to the tournament's viability.

The works cannot go ahead, however, without LEADER funding that has yet to be approved by the Department of Environment and Local Government.

The Inniscarra Lakes Tourism Development Community Group says it believes that word on their application is due early next month, but that this will be too late for their bid to host the championships, said to be worth €1.5m to the local economy.

The championships governing body is due to meet on November 14, by which time an inspection team will have visited Cork to assess whether or not the lake can host the championships, Tom Lawton of the community group told The Corkman.

"If the funding is in place it won't take us very long to do the work, but it is a total mess. A decision is now due by November 8, but that's no good to us, not if we are to host it next year. We will have lost it at that stage," he said.

Mr Lawton said that the project has already gone to tender and that all the group now needs is the funding.

Furthermore, the governing body appears to have dashed any hope of a swap deal with the Dutch hosts of the 2015 championships that would see the event take place in Holland next summer instead. The Inniscarra group have been told that there would be no guarantee that the Cork lake would get the event in 2015 if Holland assumed the duty next summer.

"This is worth a lot of money to the area. Last week we saw the budget, where every second line from the government was about the importance of tourism. Now on the other hand they won't act when there's something there to bring people into the country," Mr Lawton said.

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