CO COUNCIL TO SEEK WATERWAYS IRELAND PRESENTATION ON ULSTER CANAL

16 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Co Council agreed at its March meeting, on the proposal of Pat Treanor, Brian McKenna seconding, to seek a presentation from Waterways Ireland on the progress to date on the Clones section of the Ulster Canal regeneration project.
It was also agreed on Colr Treanor’s proposal to write to the Dept of the Environment in Northern Ireland asking them to expedite the planning application for the development of the Ulster Canal in their jurisdiction.
A letter before the members from the office of Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan indicated that enquiries were being made into the funding situation in relation to the project and a further letter would be issued as soon as possible.
Colr Treanor told the meeting that he was a member of a delegation from the Clones Regeneration Partnership that met the Minister on this issue on March 2. While it was disappointing to establish there was no €35 million ringfenced for the opening of the Clones section of the canal, the delegation got the impression that the Minister and the Dept were very positive about the project and funding would be made available as it was needed.
Colr Treanor said the project was at a standstill at present because the full planning process had not been cleared. He proposed that the Council write to the relevant section of the Dept of the Environment in Belfast asking them to advance their part of the planning process as quickly as possible.
The Sinn Féin representative said that the Council should also invite Waterways Ireland to give a presentation at a future meeting on the project – this would show the Council’s commitment to drive forward the development, which would be of great benefit not only to the west and north-west areas of the county but to the whole of Co Monaghan.

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