17 December 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Heritage Officer Contributes to Shared Island Initiative

Michael Fisher

Monaghan County Council’s Heritage Officer Shirley Clerkin questioned the Taoiseach on Friday about the government’s plans for cross-border biodiversity projects in areas such as Sliabh Beagh. Micheál Martin was speaking at an online event in Dublin to mark the first year of the Government’s Shared Island initiative. It was set up last December to harness the full potential of the Good Friday Agreement to enhance co-operation, connection and mutual understanding on the island and to engage with all communities and traditions to build consensus around a shared future.

The Taoiseach said the initiative would deliver tangible benefits for communities in border regions and right across the island over the next decade. It would complete many long standing cross-border investment commitments, and develop and deliver a new generation of projects and initiatives focused on meeting common strategic challenges and taking up all-island opportunities. As part of a week-long series of events, the National Economic and Social Council hosted a discussion about the recently published Shared Island Climate and Biodiversity report.

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, focused on the recommendations with experts in the field. Referring to the report, Shirley Clerkin who took part in the consultations on the environment and climate earlier this year, told the event: “We know that a shared island is a single biogeographic unit that faces significant biodiversity and climate challenges. I’m wondering how will we build on that and how will our rich heritage and cultural capital be harnessed on an all-island basis to introduce and deliver on shared goals that benefit both biodiversity and people?” An Taoiseach gave the following response…

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