Longford Westmeath Fine Gael TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the green light for a tourist hostel in Ballymahon which is set to create up to twenty jobs.
The development was given the planning approval last week by Longford Westmeath County Council.
“I am delighted to support this project, which is the brainchild of well-known businessman, John Nally. This hostel accommodation will certainly benefit from the Center Parcs development
“John, a well-known entrepreneur, is certainly a man with vision. After purchasing a disused school building in the town, he now plans to transform it into a 45-bed hostel accommodation for tourists.
“This facility certainly is a great example of how the local business community is planning ahead in order to benefit from the €233m Center Parcs hotel resort complex. Center Parcs Longford Forest will undoubtedly bring more footfall into the town and this will have spin-offs for the local economy.
“As a Government TD, I have consistently said that, in terms of natural assets, we have so much going for us in this region. We have beautiful lakes, rivers and forests; we have lovely walking and cycling trails and that’s before Center Parcs ever arrives.
“Of course, the friendliness and hospitality of Longford people is also a huge asset and that will be a major plus when more and more tourists visit Ballymahon. I wish John every success with his new venture.”