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Minister must fund Grand Canal redevelopment - Doolan

28 March, 2006

Sinn Féin Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today announced he will be, "raising with Minister Eamonn O'Cuiv the demand to fund the redevelopment of the Grand Canal."

Speaking ahead of tonight's public meeting in the Mespil Hotel, Cllr. Doolan said:

"I want to congratulate the work done by the Grand Canal Development Committee. The Grand Canal has huge potential and if redeveloped in a sustainable manner can once again become a major attraction on Dublin's southside. Tonight we will be discussing the redevelopment of this canal with the local residents, Waterways Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Eamonn O'Cuiv.

"For too long the canal has been ignored by local and central government and has been allowed to fall into disrepair.

"The aims of tonight's meeting will be to get co-operation from local and central government and with Waterways Ireland to ensure any agreed development does actually take place. The priorities for any plan in the area must:

  • Lighting: upgrade lighting as promised by Dublin City Council in 2000.
  • Waterways Ireland: Creation of a Dublin based maintenance section of Waterways Ireland.
  • Tourism: Develop a plan to attract tourism, improve faculties, signage and fishing points.
  • Lock Keepers Lodge: refurbish the famous Lock Keepers Lodge to house an information centre for the area.

"I firmly believe this development will turn this stretch of the canal into a living, vibrant and positive experience for residents, tourists and businesses. I am calling on the Minister to fully fund the development plan."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, called on, "Dublin City Council, Minister O'Cuiv and Waterways Ireland to fully co-operate with residents in ensuring the development plan is fully resourced and it's aims realised in the near future". ENDS

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