13 May 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Members of Clones Town Council, Monaghan Co Council and Fermanagh District Council joined with local community and sporting representatives on Tuesday to receive a comprehensive briefing on the progress towards realisation of the new Peace Link flagship sports and recreational facility for the Border area.

In an initiative by Co Mayor Hugh McElvaney, details of the ongoing work and the future plans for the Clones Erne East Sports Partnership project, which has a current estimated cost of €8,269,178 and is scheduled for completion in April of next year, were presented in Clones Courthouse by Monaghan Co Council’s Senior Executive Engineer Kevin McNally and Director of Services for Community and Enterprise Adge King.

Prior to the mid-morning briefing, elected and community representatives availed of some splendid spring sunshine to enjoy a tour of the site of the development at Liseggerton on the north-west of the town, where Mr McNally outlined details of the construction operation.

The rate of progress was hailed on site by Mayor McElvaney, who told The Northern Standard that he was delighted to be able to offer his Co Council colleagues, town representatives from Clones and Fermanagh and representatives of the wide range of sporting and community organisations involved in the initiative an opportunity to see “a great dream becoming reality.”

He praised the commitment and determination from all involved in the project, which had already seen some formidable funding and logistical obstacles overcome and which he was confident would result in a finished development “that will put the town of Clones firmly on the map and do an enormous amount for the revival of the area and the forging of renewed links with its traditional cross-Border hinterland.”

Mayor McElvaney thanked the executive and elected members of the Council for the strong vote of confidence they had given to the Clones area by the approval of a €487,000 funding commitment for the project, which has also attracted a cash injection of €7.8 million from the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

“The role of Monaghan Co Council as lead partner in the project is a crucial one,” he stated, “but this ambitious vision could not be achieved without the concerted and co-ordinated input …

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