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Friday 9 December 2016

Taoiseach announces 1,750 jobs for new Longford Center Parcs resort

.Pictured in Ballymahon Co.Longford at the Coillte owned Newcastle Woods where the site will be was Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with Martin Dalby CEO of Center Parcs. The parc is expected to open in 2019
.Pictured in Ballymahon Co.Longford at the Coillte owned Newcastle Woods where the site will be was Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with Martin Dalby CEO of Center Parcs. The parc is expected to open in 2019

1,750 new jobs for the Midlands was announced by the Taoiseach today in a major €200m tourism development in Longford.

UK holiday giant Center Parcs have agreed a sale with Coillte to build a forest holiday village on a 375-acre plot, Newland Wood. The resort will generate 1,000 new permanent jobs and 750 extra jobs during the construction of the state-of-the-art village which will consist of 500 lodges with a capacity for 2,000 guests.

Launching the Center Parcs development in Ballymahon, which is 5km from the proposed site, the Taoiseach described the announcement as “a fantastic day for this county and for the Midlands”. He added that Newland Wood is “the perfect setting for the new state-of-the-art holiday village. Longford now set to become one of the leading tourism destinations not just in Ireland, but beyond.”

Center Parcs estimate that the development of the resort, which - subject to planning permission - will be open in 2019, will add about €32m to the Irish economy annually. Along with 500 lodges, it will have over 100 indoor and outdoor activities and a range of cafes and restaurants.

Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs, said the company is “very excited” to be launching the resort in Longford. Newland Wood will be their sixth forest village, with five across the UK, including Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. Mr Dalby said that their resorts have a 97 per cent occupancy all year round.

He said that the company chose Ireland because “it was the logical step for our business, and it has one of the fastest growing economies in Europe.”

Public consultation and information meetings will take place for local residents in Ballymahon next month.

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