Center Parcs has been given the green light to develop a €233m holiday resort in Co Longford.
An Bord Pleanála decided to uphold the planning permission previously granted by Longford County Council following the company agreeing plans with Coillte.
According to the company, the new centre would bring 250,000 visitors to Longford each year and create 1,000 permanent jobs.
Center Parcs Longford Forest will include 470 Lodges – which will accommodate 2,500 guests – 30 apartments, more than 100 indoor and outdoor family activities, a range of restaurants and shops, an Aqua Sana spa and, of course, the famous Subtropical Swimming Paradise which is heated to 29.5C all year round
CEO of Center Parcs Martin Dalby said: “Today’s announcement marks another significant milestone in the history of Center Parcs. Since we announced our intention to bring the Center Parcs experience to Ireland last year, we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received, both at local and national level.
“We have experienced unrivalled success for almost 30 years in the UK, providing high quality family short breaks and I’m extremely excited by the prospect of taking our fantastic brand to Ireland.”
The new park is scheduled to open in 2019.