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Hazzard calls on Council to become proactive guardian of St John’s Point Lighthouse

4 July, 2019 - by Chris Hazzard


Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has said Newry, Mourne and Down Council should become a proactive guardian of the St John’s Point Lighthouse. 

The South Down MP was speaking following a presentation this morning from Lecale Lightkeepers to Council management in response to controversial plans to modify the iconic lighthouse. 

Mr Hazzard said: 

“I welcome this morning’s presentation to Council officials from local campaigners - it was a productive session and I trust that Council management have taken on board the various arguments for the protection of this very special local heritage at St John’s Point. 

“Newry, Mourne & Down Council should not only reject any and all controversial plans to modify the lighthouse, but should now become a proactive guardian of this iconic local landmark. 

“Council should now look to emulate Clare County Council in the west of Ireland which has in recent years taken guardianship of Loop Head Lighthouse and developed it appropriately as a visitor attraction bringing tens of thousands of visitors to a remote coastal area to enjoy the historic lighthouse.”

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