Deputy Peter Burke, Fine Gael TD for Longford and Westmeath has welcomed the news that planning permission has been granted by An Boad Pleanala for the Centre Parcs development outside of Ballymahon.

“I am absolutely delighted that An Board Pleanála have granted permission for Centre Parcs, which is due to open in 2019. A decision by Longford County Council to grant permission for the €233 million project was appealed to the planning authority in March of this year and I am glad to see that the Board have made a positive decision.

“We are hugely fortunate to have this development on our back door and we must make full use of the once in a lifetime opportunity which it creates for the local economy. I spoke in the Dáil a few weeks ago about the importance of the provision of training locally for future employees and the issues of broadband and phone coverage must also be addressed. The development will create 1,000 permanent jobs when open, along with 750 jobs during construction. I understand that an estimated 300 jobs will also be created in the wider economy once Centre Parcs is up and running.

“The news this morning is fantastic for Ballymahon, Longford and the midlands region and will bring vital investment and revenue into the area. I plan to work hard in the coming months and years  to ensure that as many jobs as possible stay locally and that the project receives maximum support from Government.