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Restoration of Ulster Canal will unlock massive tourist potential

17 July, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan has said that the reopening of the Ulster Canal would unlock the massive tourist potential for the border counties.

Cathal was making his comments as the North - South Ministerial Council met today in Armagh.

Mr Boylan said:

"Sinn Féin has consistently campaigned for the reopening of the Ulster Canal. Not only would it help link up much of Ireland through an extensive inter-connecting waterway but it would also create a tourist hub to service the increasing numbers of foreign visitors who want to sail in ours rivers and canals.

"The rejuvenation of small towns along the Shannon could be replicated right across Armagh, Monaghan/Cavan and into Fermanagh if the canal were to be re-established in the near future.

"We only have to look at the success of the Shannon - Erne network to realise that the Ulster Canal could help unlock the massive tourist potential for border counties. Discussions on this issue have been ongoing for a considerable period of time and it is essential that there is no further delay or foot dragging." ENDS

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