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Ulster Way does not go all the way - Maskey

16 September, 2009

SinnFéin MLA and spokesperson on Tourism Paul Maskey has stated that the relaunch of the Ulster Way by Environment Minister Edwin Poots has missed a vital opportunity to expand and enhance the tourism potential of Ireland, both North and South, because a politically narrow approach was taken.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“The relaunch of the Ulster Way by Edwin Poots has missed out on a vital opportunity to enhance tourism development in Ireland by taking the decision to restrict the route to only six counties of Ulster.

“Instead of expanding and enhancing the Ulster Way to bring in three extremely picturesque counties of Ulster, namely Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan, anyone lifting a map of the Ulster Way will see that the route actually walks along the borders of these counties and not once does it enter them.

“We only have to look at the highly successful cross border approach to the water ways of Ireland to realise the tourism potential that exists. It would not have taken a massive amount of time or investment to link with already established walkways in these counties and replicate this approach.

“However due to a politically narrow decision by the DUP minister to keep it within the six counties this opportunity has been missed. This short-sightedness will undoubtedly impact on the overall experience for tourists and walkers alike and indeed on the much needed revenue that could have been garnered.”

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