Funding commitment a lifeline for Fota Wildlife Park – Lombard

18th November 2020 - Senator Tim Lombard

The Government’s funding commitment will provide a lifeline to Fota Wildlife Park, a Fine Gael Senator has said.

Cork Senator Tim Lombard said: “I very much welcome the commitment this afternoon to provide funding to help with the running costs and upkeep of Fota Wildlife Park.

“The much-loved conservation facility is an integral part in the fabric of life here in Cork, attracting thousands of visitors from all over Ireland every year. It is the second largest visitor attraction in the country outside of Leinster.

“While visitor numbers may be greatly reduced this year due to Covid restrictions, the resident animals still need to be fed and cared for – the running costs remain the same.

“Fota plays a vital role in wildlife conservation, education and research and is completely self-financing.

“With admissions down, it is extremely welcome that the Government will step in to help with the maintenance costs of this fantastic facility.

“I am calling for this funding to be made available as a matter of urgency,” Senator Lombard concluded.

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