O'Neill welcomes Development Trust for Lough Neagh
Sinn Féin Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has welcomed the news that the DTNI has recommended the establishment of Development Trust for Lough Neagh.
Ms O’Neill said,
“As I come to the end of the current assembly mandate I'm delighted that we have made another significant step forward in bringing together the many competing interests on Lough Neagh.
“Lough Neagh is the biggest body of fresh water on the island and the lough itself and the lands around the banks are provide a way of living for many communities.
“I was very passionate as the rural minister to ensure that we brought together all the interests on the Lough to be part of the conversation on how we can maximise the benefits and address the challenges, to establish the merits of public ownership and to look at how all of this could be properly managed, both in the short term and the longer term.
“The consultation itself involved over 300 participants including local community, farmer, fishermen and business users.
“It is important that the lough is protected including the habitat, economy, tourism and recreation safety, and the need for proper management of the Lough.
“I welcome this significant step forward in recommending that a development trust is established and I look forward to the day where the lough is returned to public ownership, so that it can be developed for the entire community who use and live by it.”