Launch of 2017 Wicklow Garden Season

P1010085Fine Gael Minister of State for Food Forestry and Horticulture was speaking at the launch of the 2017 Wicklow Gardens Season at Kilmacurragh. The launch was organised by Wicklow County Tourism in partnership with the Office of Public Works.

At the launch Doyle said “Wicklow is home to Ireland’s most beautiful gardens, including Powerscourt Gardens, Mount Usher and Kilruddery. I am delighted that over 20 gardens are opening their doors to visitors and garden enthusiasts over the next few months.’”

In recent years The National Botanic Gardens at Kilmacurragh has received funding from the Minister of Arts to restore and preserve the gardens and buildings in the estate. The works are managed by the Office of Public Works.

“I commend the staff and head gardener Seamus O’Brien on his dedication to restoring the gardens and buildings in Kilmacurragh. Kilmacurragh is a treasure that needs to be protected.” added Minister Doyle.

Since the opening of the tearooms in the restored courtyard buildings in 2015 has seen visitor numbers have increased to over 156,000 in 2016.
These initiatives by Wicklow Tourism are putting Wicklow Gardens on the international map of must see gardens of the world. I will continue to work to promote awareness of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens in Wicklow.

Doyle welcomes European People’s Party Group to Wicklow for Bureau Meeting

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Wicklow TD, Andrew Doyle has welcomed the European People’s Party Group to Druids Glen Hotel in Newtownmountkennedy for a Bureau Meeting held from Thursday the 11th of May to Friday the 12thof May.

Minister Doyle attended the meeting which began on Thursday morning, with a welcome from EPP Group Chairman, Manfred Weber and keynote speech delivered by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

“I was delighted to have an opportunity to welcome this group of prominent European delegates to Wicklow, for this beneficial and high profile event.” said Minister Doyle

Minister Doyle later joined a number of MEP s including the EPP Chairman, Manfred Weber on a visit to St Mary’s College in Arklow and Hillside farm in Ballynabarny in Rathnew.

“I would like to commend the staff and students at St Mary’s College; the future of Europe looks bright with the talent, ambition and knowledge shown by these students of European politics as well as politics here in Ireland. I would also like to thank Angus Woods and his family for extending a warm welcome to the group at Hillside farm and providing an insight into the importance of agriculture in Wicklow and Ireland .” Said Doyle

Minister Doyle also addressed the MEPs on Thursday evening in Kilruddery house; Commissioner Phil Hogan and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan were also in attendance.

The topic of Brexit dominated Friday morning’s panel discussion, with contributions from former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier and the Minister Charlie Flanagan.

“Fine Gael in government has established clear priorities in regard to Brexit, this includes safeguarding industries important to Wicklow such as agri-food and tourism. This meeting provided us with opportunity to engage with key figures in the Brexit negotiations, to voice our objectives and concerns and ensure the best possible outcome both locally and nationally post- Brexit.” concluded Doyle