Infrastructure Minister attends inaugural Ulster Canal Advisory Forum

Date published: 23 September 2016

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard today attended the inaugural meeting of the Ulster Canal Advisory Forum with Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Minister Hazzard at the inaugural Ulster Canal Advisory Forum
Minister Hazzard at the inaugural Ulster Canal Advisory Forum

The Forum, meeting twice annually, will look at options to develop the Ulster Canal in line with both Governments’ review commitment as set out in ’A Fresh Start’.

Minister Hazzard said:

“I have already given my commitment to the review of the Ulster Canal set out in the Fresh Start document. This Forum provides an ideal opportunity for all stakeholders, who are committed to the Ulster Canal project, to work together to maximise the potential to take this project forward.

“The development of the Ulster Canal also links with the Programme for Government outcome of creating a place where people want to live and work, to visit and invest.  Harnessing its potential will deliver benefits not just for the local community but for the entire region.”

Members of the Forum include Monaghan County Council, Cavan County Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council as well as senior officials from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Department for Infrastructure and Waterways Ireland.

Notes to editors: 

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