Welcome to the Website of the Dublin Mountains Initiative (DMI). The
DMI is a voluntary body established in July 2006 with the aim of starting
a process that would lead to the development of an outdoor recreational
area in the Dublin Mountains. Such an area would be for the benefit
of all who appreciate the outdoor environment – specialist users,
educational groups, families and casual walkers. We see the Dublin
Mountains as a largely untapped resource and believe that such an area
should be developed and managed in a sustainable manner with particular
attention being paid to maintaining and improving the integrity and aesthetic
value of the mountain environment.
Our vision is that the Dublin Mountain area be recognised as an area of outstanding
recreational amenity and developed as such for the benefit of all. We
believe that this process should be done in consultation with all interested
parties and with the consent of all landowners involved.
For this to succeed there needs to be a unified development and management
policy for the whole of the Dublin Mountains. We would like to
see this resulting in the following:-
- Sustainable multiuse way marked trails. These
would include regular walking trails, educational trails for school
use, trails with disabled access and trails for specialist users. All
trails would be well signed and maintained.
- Sensitively sited car parking and associated facilities.
- Provision of better public transport access to the mountains.
- A Ranger Programme
- A Dublin Way - linking to The Wicklow Way and to the coast.
- A designated website and information programme.
There are few capital cities in the world with such ready access to
the outdoor environment. With imagination and the provision of
the proper resources the Dublin Mountains could become a major attraction
that would benefit both the people who live here and those who visit
Progress to Date
Despite having been in existence less than a year the DMI has already
made considerable progress. We have made presentations to the Strategic
Policy Committees of both Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and South
Dublin County Councils and also to the Dublin Regional Authority.
As a result of these presentations substantial funding has been allocated
to investigating the possibility of placing a recreational park in
the Dublin Mountains.
In mid 2006 Coillte Teoranta, which is one of the major land-owners
in the Dublin Mountains, initiated a process to establish an overall
recreational strategy for the Dublin Mountains area and the area under
their control. It invited Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, South
Dublin County Council, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (all
also major land owners in the mountains) and the DMI to discuss how
this might best be accomplished. The result was the establishment of
a Steering Group composed of representatives from all these bodies.
This Steering Group has been working hard to come up with a plan for
the management of recreation in the Dublin Mountains and has made very
positive progress to date. It has engaged consultants with a brief
to come up with a ten year recreational strategy for the Dublin Mountains
and that process is to result in the delivery of a report later in