Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Flanagan Welcomes Progress on Hoist for Disabled Anglers on Erne

Published: 24 November, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Culture Arts & Leisure that the hoist facility for disabled anglers at Garvary on Lower Lough Erne will be fully operational by the start of the 2015 angling season.

Mr Flanagan was speaking after he raised the issue with the Minister in Stormont.

The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:

"I know a number of anglers in the local area who were very much looking forward to using this facility, which was the only opportunity for disabled anglers to get out on a boat in Fermanagh. However, due to a dispute, access to the slipway was blocked by round bales for a considerable period of time.

"This blockage frustrated very many people who had used this slipway for a number of years due to its convenient location on Lower Lough Erne as one of the only places to launch a boat between Belleek and Kesh.

"Following agreement with local landowners, the car parking and slipway facilities at Garvary have recently re-opened to DCAL permit holders. Some maintenance work has been carried out and more is planned in the near future.

"Officials from DCAL are currently engaging with the local disabled angling club to find out their preferred equipment on the site. I am delighted that such progress has been made and I am looking forward to the hoist being reinstated ahead of the commencement of the 2015 angling season.

"This is a very popular place for anglers, particular around the time of the mayfly, so it is important that a solution be put in place ahead of that so that disabled anglers can make the most of this facility." ENDS