28 February 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard


THE MINISTER for the Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, local Dail deputy Heather Humphreys announced on Tuesday last she had succeeded in bringing the long awaited cross-border tourism project—the restoration of the old Ulster Canal from Upper Lough Erne to Castle Saunderson on the Cavan/Fermanagh border—a step further towards completion.

The restoration of the canal as a tourism attraction is foreseen as having a direct benefit for tourism in the North Monaghan area.

Minister Humphreys confirmed she succeeded in securing government approval for the part-restoration of the old waterway.

She predicted the €2 million project will not only directly help to boost tourism but also provide job creation in the immediate Cavan/Monaghan border area.

The project—for which the government approval secured by Minister Humphreys was announced—will involve the restoration of the old Ulster Canal stretch from the Shannon-Erne waterway to the international scout centre at Castle Saunderson, near Belturbet.

Minister Humphreys said the €2 million project will be undertaken by Waterways Ireland, which is a North-South implementation body jointly funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Department of Culture, Arts, and Leisure in Northern Ireland.

She said that as the project will be funded from Waterways Ireland’s own resources, additional Exchequer funding will not be required.

Minister Humphreys said: “I am delighted that the government has agreed to my proposal to restore the section of the Ulster Canal linking the Shannon-Erne waterway to Castle Saunderson.”

“This project has the potential to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of this border area”.

“It will provide a wonderful recreational facility for local communities and should act as a significant draw for tourists”.

“This project will have a very positive impact in an area that is still recovering from the long term effects of the Troubles. It shows that the government is committed to investing in projects that will benefit communities on both sides of the border. This is an excellent example of cross-border support and cooperation”.

“The project will give this border region, which has suffered greatly from economic deprivation, a …


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