Mayo TD Alan Dillon, Fine Gael Spokesperson for Tourism and Sport, has welcomed news that work is underway to secure engineering-led design consultancy services for the Keem Signature Discovery Point in Achill.
The works will allow for the development of a Skywalk and Skeleton Sculpture which will be the highlight of the Signature Discovery Point along this prominent destination on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Other works will also include a pedestrian access trail connecting the former Coastguard residence with the Watch House, as well as partial restoration of the Watch House to act as a shelter for walkers.
Deputy Dillon said: "I understand these works will cost in the region of €3-4 million which is a significant investment in the tourism sector in Achill.
"Once completed, it is expected the new Keem Skywalk will become one of the must-see destinations for anyone visiting the Wild Atlantic Way.
"I am conscious this project has experienced delays but with significant design works to be undertaken shortly, the new Signature Discovery Point is moving a step closer to completion.
"I expect the consulting engineers to be appointed by the end of April with construction commencing by the end of 2021 or early 2022.
"While the natural beauty of Keem is what makes the area famous, it is necessary to tastefully improve the infrastructure if longer-stay tourists are to be attracted to Achill and the surrounding areas of Mayo."
"Environmental protection will be a key objective of the project, as well as maximising the visitor experience and community benefits.
"We have excellent examples of this such as Ballycroy National Park where significant access and visitor experience improvements were undertaken without negatively impacting on the ecological and natural appeal of the area."