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Minister opens re-furbished Harbour facilities at Lough Neagh

23 April, 2008


Sinn Féin Rural Development Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has officially opened recently upgraded facilities at Battery Harbour on the shores of Lough Neagh.

£225,000 was invested through the extension of the harbour to provide an additional six berths, bringing the total number of berths to 12, as well as the refurbishment of harbour facilities.

At the official opening, the Minister highlighted the important role of the harbour, and other similar marina's, in attracting people to visit Lough Neagh and its wetlands.

The Minister said:

"Battery Harbour plays an important part in the lives of the local community, fishermen, businesses and tourists. The number of visitors to Lough Neagh is increasing year on year which in turn demands modern facilities on the Lough shore. This project, along with others at Ballyronan, Kinnego and Ram's Island, and the introduction of various walks, cycle tours and angling sites will encourage people to visit the wider Lough Neagh area and to appreciate its natural beauty.

"In particular I am pleased that this funding will provide upgraded facilities and tangible support for the eel fishermen of Lough Neagh who have historically fished out of his harbour. Battery Harbour is also a base for The Lough Neagh Rescue and this funding will undoubtedly benefit and assist them in their everyday activities as well as supporting those using the Lough for leisure pursuits."

This project is one of the latest developments by Cookstown District Council and was funded by the Council and the Lough Neagh Partnership through the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development under the EU Programme for Building Sustainable Prosperity, which contributed £52,593.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  1. Battery Harbour: The refurbishment works has provided an additional 6 berths at the Harbour, bringing the total number of berths to 12. General improvements have been carried out to the Battery Centre to enhance facilities for Ardboe Lough Neagh Rescue and Lough Neagh's fishermen.
  2. The Lough Neagh Strategic Fund: The LNSF funded by DARD through the EU Programme for Building Sustainable Prosperity is administered by an independent stand-alone organisation known as the Lough Neagh Partnership. The Partnership comprises representatives from local authorities, statutory and community organisations, as well as stakeholders with a particular interest in the Lough. Battery Harbour is one of those projects that have been successful in obtaining funding from the Strategic Fund. The refurbishment of the Harbour and Harbour Centre cost £225,000. The Lough Neagh Partnership provided grant assistance of £52,593.

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