7 August 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The long-awaited plan to reopen part of the Ulster Canal from Clones to Lough Erne was one of the cross-border projects discussed briefly at the 24th plenary meeting of North South Ministerial Council in Dublin Castle on Friday. The last such gathering of Ministers from Dublin and Belfast was three and a half years ago and in the intervening period the power-sharing Executive at Stormont collapsed until its resumption at the start of the year following a Westminster general election.

The government was led by the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD, who chaired the meeting. The Northern Ireland Executive was led by the First Minister, the Rt Hon. Arlene Foster MLA of the DUP and deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill MLA from Sinn Féin. A communiqué issued afterwards said Ministers welcomed the resumption of meetings of the Council. The meeting provided the new Irish government and the new Northern Ireland Executive with the opportunity to meet formally for the first time and exchange views on a wide range of issues of…

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