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Titanic anniversary preparations should be prioritised - McLellan

1 June, 2011

Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Tourism, Sandra McLellan, has called on the Government to prioritise preparations for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s maiden and ultimately final voyage.

Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy McLellan said:

"Next year's 100th anniversary presents a unique opportunity not only for tourism but also for appropriate reflection and commemoration. The story of the most iconic ship in history is inextricably linked with this country, from its construction in Belfast and stop-off at Cobh, to the many passengers who were on board for that faithful journey. It’s a story not just of maritime history, but of cultural and human history, a window into which was famously captured in the multi-Oscar Winning motion picture."

"Preparations for 2012 must be prioritised. It provides us with a fantastic opportunity to promote the island of Ireland and to commemorate those who lost their lives. It is essential that the overall Titanic 2012 anniversary is presented as a complete package that ties in all the various aspects of the voyage, and its relationship with different parts of this island. There needs to be adequate investment, planning and co-ordination in this regard."

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