Donegal Sinn Féin TD, Pearse Doherty, has welcomed the news that Bunbeg Revitalisation Limited, part of Vesada Private, is to invest €15 million in the Regeneration of Bunbeg project; to include the former Ostan Ghaoth Dobhair and Seaview Hotels in Bunbeg.
Deputy Doherty said that the investment would boost tourism, create up to 80 local jobs and also provide recreational amenities for tourists and for those living in the area.
Speaking at the launch this afternoon, Deputy Doherty said it was a great day for Gaoth Dobhair and for west Donegal.
“This is exactly the type of investment that was needed in the area and I was honoured to be asked by Bunbeg Revitalisation Limited to announce this investment today.
“The investment of €15 million will see the development of a 28-bedroom hotel and some luxury self-catering apartments where the former Seaview Hotel is, along with a restaurant and bar. Further development of accommodation at the site will also form part of a future phase of the new development. It is expected that the first phase will be open in Autumn 2021.
“In terms of the Ostan Ghaoth Dobhair, a leisure and activity complex will be developed with a full leisure centre and other recreational amenities for tourists and locals to enjoy. Accommodation in the form of own-key luxury self-catering apartments will also be developed, and a restaurant and bar will also be available. It is expected that this will open in Autumn 2022,” Deputy Doherty said.
The scenic location of the hotels, overlooking the islands and Bád Eddie, was a big factor in the decision to invest.
“For too long, we have seen Donegal be left behind. We know the beauty of the area and we know that we always have a warm welcome for visitors to the area. This investment will mean that we can share that beauty and welcome with more people who will come, stay and use these new facilities.
“This investment will boost tourism and will hopefully allow other local businesses to invest and grow. Bunbeg Revitalisation Limited has also emphasized to me the importance of ensuring that the employment created is available for the local people and that is welcome,” Deputy Doherty added.
Des Connolly, of the Vesada Group, who also spoke at that launch said the project has been almost two-years in the making.
“We would like to sincerely thank the local people of the area who have helped us along the way. We look forward to getting started on the work and to providing these facilities for Bunbeg and Gaoth Dobhair. We hope that it will give the area a renewed lease of life and that it will attract more visitors by showing all of the magic that west Donegal has to offer,” he said.