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Gildernew welcomes €2m Ulster Canal project

24 February, 2015 - by Michelle Gildernew


Michelle Gildernew MP said today the decision by the Irish government to restore a stretch of the Ulster Canal in Co Cavan will boost tourism along the border corridor.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MP said: 

“It is great news that the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD has secured approval to restore a section of the Ulster Canal.  

“The section to be restored runs from the Shannon-Erne waterway to the International Scout Centre at Castle Saunderson, near Belturbet.

“This will help boost the tourism industry along the border corridor of Cavan and Fermanagh and the reopening of the canal will bring increased numbers of visitors to the area. 

“This €2million project is a joint venture between the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the South and the Department of Culture, Arts, and Leisure in the North under the auspices of the North South Implementation Body.

“A commitment was made during the recent Stormont House Agreement to fund the development of the Ulster Canal.

“The project to be carried out by Waterways Ireland is a positive example of all-Ireland working and I look forward to Fermanagh/South Tyrone sharing in the economic benefits that it will bring to this area.”

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