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New car park creates 80+ additional spaces at Slieve Gullion

 More than 80 additional parking spaces have been created at Slieve Gullion Courtyard with the completion of work on the new car park.

Sinn Fein councillor Mickey Larkin has welcomed the provision of the 84 spaces, as well as the relocated parking area for coaches, and says it is “a welcome development for this iconic site”.

He said: “The popularity of Slieve Gullion is increasing year on year and it is important to continually review facilities on site. The issue of adequate parking on site has been to the forefront of discussions between myself and Council officers over the past number of years.  

“With the development of the Fairy Trail, Forest Walks and the Footsteps in the Forest festival there has been increasing pressure on parking which has spilled over onto the surrounding side roads. This has had a detrimental effect on local residents who have found themselves hemmed in by visitors.  With this in mind car parking for an extra 70 vehicles was provided two years ago. The added provision of 84 more parking spaces this year and with the implementation of traffic management plans for events, it is hoped that these problems will be addressed. 

“As the development of this historic site continues over the next few years it is imperative that the Council take on board the views of the residents who live in the vicinity of Slieve Gullion.  I will continue to communicate the opinions of the local community as we pursue the development of the tourism product in south Armagh,” Mr Larkin added.