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Adams comment on official opening of Black Mountain conservation area

26 June, 2005


Statement from Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, MP, MLA on the conservation of Divis and Black Mountains.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, MP MLA for West Belfast, welcomed the designation of Divis and Black Mountains as a conservation area under the ownership of the National Trust. Tomorrow sees the official opening of Divis and Black Mountain to visitors. Speaking ahead of the public event to mark the occasion, the Sinn Fein President said:

"Along with local community organisations and environmental campaigners Sinn Féin has worked for many years for the conservation of the Belfast Hills, including Divis Mountain and Black Mountain. Because of the British Army's use of large parts of this land I raised this matter some years ago directly with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and I supported the efforts by the National Trust to secure funding for the Lottery Fund to purchase the land."

Mr Adams said:

"There is more work to be done to secure the conservation of the rest of Divis Mountain, Black Mountain and the Belfast Hills. Sinn Fein has proposed that this area should be developed into a regional park. However, the quarry on Black Mountain and the retention of military surveillance camps on top of the mountains is an obstacle to the development and conservation of the area. The campaign to achieve this and to protect this valuable environmental asset for this and future generations will continue." ENDS

Note to Editor:

Tomorrow will see the official opening by the National Trust of the Divis and Black Mountain project which will allow visitors to walk this part of the Belfast Hills and provide them with a tremendous view of Belfast Lough and beyond.

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