MINISTER CONFIRMS MORE THAN €4M FOR ULSTER CANAL GREENWAY

15 September 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

THERE WAS a further welcome major financial boost this week for the development of the already popular Ulster Canal “greenway” in Monaghan town.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, confirmed on Tuesday she had received confirmation from Waterways Ireland that more than €4 million in funding is being provided for the greenway. She said the money is being made available through the INTERREG Programme.

Minister Humphreys said: “This is fantastic news for the entire Ulster Canal project. Last year, it was agreed by the North South Ministerial Council that Waterways Ireland would lead the development of the Greenway along the Ulster Canal. It was a project which I was very keen to progress, and I was very pleased when Monaghan County Council agreed to work with Waterways to deliver the project for the local community.

“The first phase of the Greenway, which opened in November 2013, already attracts over 60,000 users per year. Securing funding under the INTERREG programme is a major boost for the project, and will allow for walkways and cycleways to be developed along the route.

“It makes perfect sense to develop a greenway along the route of the canal. It …
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