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Campaign for Ulster Canal will continue - O'Reilly

Published: 25 February, 2015

Erne East Sinn Fein Councillor, Thomas O'Reilly, has welcomed the announcement of Minister Heather Humphrys to reopen a 2.5 km section of the Ulster Canal, as a first step, but has confirmed that the campaign to have the full canal reopened will continue.

Cllr. O'Reilly said:

"I welcome the decision of Minister Humphrys to erect a bridge at Derrykerb and dredge a section of the river Finn. This is a first step in the reopening of the Ulster Canal and gives an access point to the Canal network for the Scouting Centre at Castlesaunders. In 2007, following a ten year lobby, the North South Ministerial Council agreed to reopen a 12 KM section of the Canal from Lough Erne to Clones. Planning Permission was granted in May 2013, but will expire in May 2018. It is important that this project proceed as speedily as possible. Greater benefits for job creation and business will accrue from the extension of the Ulster Canal to the Marina at Clones."

"The Ulster Canal is very much the 'Missing Link' in our waterways network on the island of Ireland. The potential of opening the Canal through Clones, Smithborough, Monaghan, and on to Lough Neagh will regenerate this central border region, create hundreds of jobs and attract new businesses.

Cllr. O'Reilly concluded,

"I would encourage the Minister to use her office to work with her colleagues to secure the necessary funding for the opening of this much talked and planed for stretch of the Ulster canal to Clones." ENDS

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