12 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“The fact that Sliabh Beagh is rated under Priority No. 1 in the Monaghan Co Council Tourism Strategy can only be seen as an advancement,” Sinn Féin member of Monaghan Co Council Cathy Bennett said this week.

Commenting on the tourism blueprint, the Ballybay-Clones Municipal District representative said that the emphasis given to the Sliabh Beagh area in the document would not only help tourism promotion there, but would help put Co Monaghan on the map as an area of natural beauty.“ Co Monaghan has not been promoted to its full potential as a tourism locale, but the overall objective of the Co Monaghan Tourism Strategy 2015-2020 is to guide development, inward investment and to market the county into the foreseeable future,” Colr Bennett pointed out.

“Sliabh Beagh has been recognised as an extremely natural resource in Monaghan – one that offers huge potential but requires significant investment to develop the facilities to a standard capable of attracting visitors at a level which will have an economic impact on the county.

“It is stated in the document which is available on the Monaghan Co Council website, that the Co Council, Coillte and landowners are key drivers in the development of the Sliabh Beagh area.“The development of important recreational resources will require a coordinated multi-agency approach with the involvement of all statutory and voluntary/community sector stakeholders to ensure their long term environmental and financial sustainability.”

Colr Bennett pointed out that, as a member of the Ballybay-Clones Erne East Partnership (BCEEP), she is currently working with other local public representatives, communities and Co Council staff to help develop ideas suitable for application for cross-Border and EU funding programmes in early 2017.

Colr Bennett said that any ideas for inclusion were welcome, and she could be contacted on (086) 2079509.

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