Disappointment As Fry Model Railway Delayed Until 2017

The Casino, MalahideThe Casino, Malahide

Malahide is considered by many to be the prime tourist attraction in the North County. With its many sports clubs, bars, restaurants and the beautiful marina, many believe it to be one of the most important areas in the North County for the region’s tourist economy.
Recent news that the opening date for the Fry Model Railway and Casino has been pushed back to 2017 is being widely regarded by local resident and business owners as quite the set back for local tourism.
Speaking to the County Leader, local Councillor Anthony Lavin (FG) said; “We have had the news that the scheduled works have been pushed back. We will be getting a further update in our June Area Committee Meeting so we will have a better understanding of what is going to happen with it then, but for now the news is that realistically it won’t be opening until late 2017 I would imagine.”
He went on to say; “I am really disappointed with this decision and frustrated with it. I am glad that they have done some work, you can see the building now from the outside and there has been work done to the garden so I am glad about that, and I am glad that it is still on the agenda, however the building is deteriorating and it will only get worse the longer it is left.”
He concluded by saying; “It is a building that needs specific care and its not something that we want to rush into and I appreciate that, I realise we need to take this project step by step, however I am still disappointed with this decision.”
Local Councillor Eoghan O’Brien (FF), who has been very active in bringing the project forward at council meetings said; “It is disappointing because the time frame they gave us the last time I raised it was to have it finished in the first quarter of 2017 and now its quarter 3 2017. I’m around the council long enough to know that when you get a time frame for things that somethings things can get in the way and things can happen. It is frustrating because it is something that myself and other public representatives have been working very hard on over the years to deliver, so its frustrating but at the same time I always try to focus on the end result and we hope to see a fantastic amenity coming into the village being made available to the public.”
He concluded by saying; “It feels closer than it has been in a long time. There is a road map for the delivery on it, the funding is in place so it will happen. Do I want it open now? I do, but let’s get it right. We are all disappointed but what you really want is the end result being something that we can all be proud of and that is what I believe will be the case when it is eventually opened.”