Dick Spring has said the development of the former Denny site represents the best opportunity for Tralee in a quarter of a century.
The former Tánaiste and former leader of the Labour party made his comments during his keynote address to the Tralee 800 conference last night.
Speaking in Siamsa Tíre at the start of the two day conference, Mr Spring also said the development of out-of-town shopping malls had been disastrous for the town.
Dick Spring was the keynote speaker at the start of the Tralee 800 conference, to mark the establishment of the town in 1216.
Mr Spring who is the chairman of the IT Tralee Foundation Board said he was confident that ground would be broken on the Kerry Sports Academy in the institute’s North Campus in the New Year.
He said he was somewhat at a loss to understand why the old Fenit/Tralee railway line had not been upgraded to a walking and cycling trail and said it had to be a priority if Tralee is to develop its tourism infrastructure.
He had this to say about the impact out-of-town shopping centres have had on Tralee.
Kerry County Council has received 800 submissions from the public – plans will include the clearance of the existing factory buildings.
Dick Spring said it represented a glorious opportunity for Tralee.