Tourism potential of Lough Neagh not being realised
Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has today brought forward an Adjournment debate in the Assembly on the tourism potential on Lough Neagh. Speaking to the motion Mr Molloy outlined how this potential is in no way being realised and called for a strategy to bring the Lough into public ownership, to help develop the tourism potential.
Speaking today Mr Molloy said:
"The future development of Lough Neagh as a tourism sight is extremely unclear. It is currently under the ownership of the Shaftsbury estate and as such anyone wishing to use the site for activities or developments must pay royalties to the estate. This undoubtedly can hinder growth and expansion in tourism opportunities being realised on its shores and in its waters.
"On top of this the Tourist Board have not earmarked Lough Neagh as one of their signature projects. In fact it is not even mentioned as an attraction in their View publication. This is amazing given that it is the largest fresh water lake on this island.
"It is clear that Lough Neagh is not reaching its full potential. If we look at waterways projects such as that around the Fermanagh lakes it is abundantly clear what can be achieved.
"The Tourist Board need to put Lough Neagh on their agenda and mark it as a priority. We also need an overall strategy to bring it into public hands, protect its water source and to develop its obvious tourist potential."