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Lynch encourages progress in re-development of Ulster Canal

Published: 26 January, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch has expressed confidence in recent progresses of the redevelopment of the Ulster Canal.

Mr Lynch was speaking after he raised the matter with the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster, in the Assembly.

The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA said;

"I asked the Minister for her assessment of the potential tourism benefits of re-opening the Ulster Canal and her response was encouraging.

"Although the project is being led by DCAL, the NI Tourist Board (NITB) continues to work with the Ulster canal inter-agency group through the Destination Fermanagh steering group and with the Clones Erne East Blackwater project to try to maximise the tourism benefit that this project could bring.

"Because the canal goes through Monaghan, Fermanagh, Cavan and Tyrone, both tourism boards on the island of Ireland should work closely together to ensure that it is a success. I asked the minister her thoughts on this and she assured me that Tourism Northern Ireland will work with its counterparts to assist and make sure that all the tourism benefits are put into any business case that is put forward.

"The Minister added that the TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Heather Humphreys, has taken a particular interest in the matter and she is keen to move the project forward. This scheme has the potential to become an integral part of the tourism experience across the island and I would therefore encourage further developments on this in the near future. ENDS