Ulster Canal an important election issue says Partnership Chairman

18 February 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

CHAIRMAN of Clones Regeneration Partnership, Brian Morgan has urged all Cavan/Monaghan candidates to state their individual and party political position on the Canal proposal.
Mr Morgan emphasised the real need to bring something positive out of this election campaign and confirm support for a project which he said will directly benefit the people of Co Monaghan and its adjoining counties. “This is now a time for the candidates to show their worth and create an opportunity for Co Monaghan, which may never be available again in our lifetime”.
The chairman added that the first part of the Ulster Canal will open from Lough Erne to Clones and Mr?Morgan believes that now is the time to take it beyond Clones, up to Monaghan town and onwards to Lough Neagh, thus reconnecting the North and South waterway system. “Politicians must know that the benefits of the Canal proposal are clear and have been backed up by past socio economic reports”.
According to Mr Morgan the restoration of the Ulster Canal would bring direct economic benefits to the towns and villages in close proximity along the Ulster Canal corridor. He added that it would provide the economic engine for a whole region to regenerate, as has already been shown in parts of Cavan and Leitrim. “We owe a duty to ourselves and our children to ensure that the Ulster Canal is properly completed. It is time to ensure a commitment is made by all the newly elected candidates.
Mr Morgan concluded by saying, “In a time where there is nothing but doom and gloom and where there appears to be no future for our young, I would strongly urge our politicians to grasp this one opportunity, and bring economic activity and jobs to a region of this country, which has in the past been so long neglected”.

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