Coghlan raises the importance of Killarney House and National Park

Seanad Leas-Chathaoirleach, Paul Coghlan, has welcomed the announcement by Minister Michael Ring that he will be opening Killarney House during the early season.

Speaking in the Seanad the Fine Gael Senator said that once opened, this will prove a wonderful addition to the tourist attractions in Killarney, given its history and interest.

Mr Coghlan said that the grounds and gardens were officially opened last year and are already witnessing a greatly increased number of visitors.

He added that there are some problems in Killarney National Park however, namely the invasive Rhododendron species, and the numbers of deer in the Park have been a concern.

The Fine Gael senator said that the number of Rangers is down from nine to four and replacements are badly needed in order to tackle some of the outstanding work of managing this extensive area.