CO COUNCIL SEEKING MEETING WITH NORTH, SOUTH DEPTS TO PROGRESS ULSTER CANAL PROJECT

29 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Co Council are to seek a meeting with the relevant government departments north and south in order to progress the regeneration of the Ulster Canal, it was decided at the authority’s May meeting.

Correspondence from the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure thanked the Co Council for its recent invitation to Minister Carál Ní Chuilín to meet with them and discuss the project.

It stated that the Minister was unable to meet the Council and sent her apologies, but she had suggested that an official of her Dept meet with the local authority.

When Sinn Féin councillor Pat Treanor voiced disappointment that Minister Ní Chuilín couldn’t meet with them, Hugh McElvaney (Fine Gael) remarked: “It seems a common disease with Ministers north and south.”

Colr Treanor said that the Council should ask the Dept of Culture, Arts & Leisure to meet with them along with a corresponding official of the Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht here, because “the reopening of the Ulster Canal is an important item we need to drive more than anyone else”.

Seamus Coyle (Fianna Fáil) said he had proposed some time ago that the Co Council seek to meet Minister Ní Chuilín but the Council had been informed that the meeting wasn’t possible because the corresponding Minister in Dublin was not available.

“These Ministers seem to be very busy people, and I would be extremely disappointed…

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