Martin Heydon Fine Gael TD for Kildare South and Chairman of Fine Gaels internal committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs has said that confirmation of a €65m redevelopment of the Curragh Racecourse is a huge boost for the entire Kildare region as well as being a vote of confidence for the critically important racing and bloodstock industry in Kildare. Deputy Heydon was speaking at the Curragh racecourse following the Ministers unveiling of “A Vision for a New Curragh” the racfecourse redevelopment plans.
“I am delighted that Minister Coveney has also today confirmed that my proposal to establish a forum for stakeholders of the Curragh Plains is to be established in the coming months. The Forum proposal was the main recommendation from a survey I took of users of the Curragh plains which I presented to Minister Coveney in July.
“Kildare’s reputation as the Thoroughbred County is well known and confirmation of this €65m redevelopment today reinforces the economic and employment benefits that the racing and breeding industry brings to Kildare.
“The development plans for the racecourse include a new grandstand, weigh-room and parade ring, while the arrivals and reception area of the racecourse will incorporate a museum of Irish Racing. A period of consultation will now take place in advance of the submission of the planning application and it is hoped that the new Racecourse will open in 2018.
“The Racecourse and the Curragh Plains are a fantastic resource for Co. Kildare bringing jobs, tourists, economic activity and a great recreational amenity. I want to see the history and heritage of the area enhanced and protected for future generations while also being used and enjoyed by Kildare residents. Today’s announcements ensure that will happen and I look forward to seeing the projects progress in the coming months.
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Attached photo shows Deputy Heydon at the launch with Padraig McManus chairman of Curragh Racecourse Limited, Minister Simon Coveney and Mayor Brendan Weld.