New Recreation Officer for Suck Valley Way

  A new Rural Recreation Officer is to be appointed for the Suck Valley Way, it was announced recently.   At the National Ploughing Championships, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív TD announced the employment of 11 Rural Recreation Officers in areas where there are suitable accessible walks. The officers will be employed through the local Leader Company, in this case the Mid South Roscommon Rural Development Co.   The role of the Rural Recreation Officers will be to coordinate and oversee the management of trails and assist in the marketing and promotion of trails in the region.   Minister O Cuív said, "The issue of walkways and access has always been very sensitive and it is one, I believe, which can only be solved by dialogue and by the active participation and support of not just farmers and walkers, but also the wider rural community. The Rural Recreation Officer will act as a contact person for walking tourists and will provide a wide range of support and advice as well as liaising regularly with landowners to ensure that goodwill is maintained and concerns are addressed."