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Northern businesses benefit from southern shoppers

21 December, 2004

Michelle Gildernew MP For Fermanagh and South Tyrone delighted to see so many shoppers from the 26 counties in northern shopping centres such as Enniskillen and Newry.

Ms Gildernew said:

"We've just seen a bumper few weeks of shopping in places like Enniskillen and Newry and many shoppers coming to shop here are from Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan, with other customers travelling from as far as Longford, Roscommon and Mayo.

"Businesses in Enniskillen have been especially forward thinking in welcoming the Euro and have reaped the dividends but it is time that for the benefit of customers and the business community that our roads infrastructure to the 26 counties was improved.

"For example, while the road from Enniskillen to Blacklion, in County Cavan is only 12 miles or so in places it is like a cork screw and in adverse weather conditions particularly dangerous. The Blacklion road is part of the main road from Sligo and it needs to be greatly improved. Nor is the road from either Ballyshannon or Monaghan any better and I could name a dozen other places, not very far in distance from Enniskillen that can only be reached by poor, treacherous roads. Authorities in the 26 counties also need to start upgrading their roads, for the good of all the citizens on this island.

"Enniskillen is a great town that has never looked better, in some shops records have been broken and that is good for the town and good for the county. As the MP for the area I would just like to extend a Céad Mile Fáilte to all visitors to the town." ENDS

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