Grant approved for bridge works and naturist area at Fintra
A grant of €15m has been announced for a major development at Fintra Strand.
Most of the money will be spent on completing the existing bridge works which have lain unfinished at the eastern end of the warren since the 1940s.
The area will then be developed as a naturist (clothing optional) resort with the aim of attracting tourists from all over Ireland and Europe.
Work will begin before Easter and should be completed in less than six months.
The money was approved late yesterday by the Department of Hygiene & Exercise which has the objective of encouraging people to engage in "healthful outdoor activities in harmony with nature."
A spokeswoman for the Department said: "The naturist movement is growing throughout Europe and, up to now, Ireland has been lagging behind the trend.
"The development at Fintra will be a pilot project in this country and we are confident it will flourish with strong local support and attract many visitors."
The spokeswoman added that the Fintra development would be an incentive for visitors going to and from Sliabh Liag to detour and spend more time in the Killybegs area.
As well as completing the bridge, the project will involve widening the lane from the Fintra Road (between the Super's Turn and Corn Gate) and providing parking facilities on the near side of the channel for up to 100 cars.
Mr J.W. Swimmington-Lake, chairman of the Killybegs Naturist Committee, said: "This will be a dream come true for us. Up to now, without a designated resort, many of us had to exercise our naturist tendencies during the hours of darkness.
"We have members on our committee from Ardara and Glencolmcille and as far away as Ballyshannon. We plan to have a major event on the strand to coincide with the official opening", said Mr Swimmington-Lake.