Minister Mallon welcomes Irish Government €6 million investment in the Ulster Canal

Date published: 18 December 2020


Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has welcomed a €6 million investment in the Ulster Canal from the Taoiseach’s Shared Island Fund. This is part of the Irish Government’s commitment to work with the NI Executive to deliver the Ulster Canal project.

DfI Minister Nichola Mallon
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon

Welcoming the investment, Minister Mallon said:

“Today’s NSMC marked another important step in collaboration across our island. The Taoiseach has delivered on his promises to invest in infrastructure by announcing this six million euro investment in the Ulster Canal. This is part of the crucial work I will be doing in partnership with the Irish Government to deliver transformative infrastructure projects that citizens in Ireland have waited too long for.

“I am delighted to see the continuing progress that is being made on the Ulster Canal restoration project. Over two kilometres of new navigation from Upper Lough Erne near Quivvy Lough along the River Finn to a new boating destination at Castle Saunderson is now navigable.  The allocation of this funding from the Shared Island Fund will help to further progress Phase 2 of the restoration of the Ulster Canal, from Clones to Clonfad.

“Investment in the Ulster Canal sends out a positive message to the people of Fermanagh and the wider area.  It will help to boost our tourism offer and further enhance this inland waterway system as a premier tourist attraction.  It is particularly welcome during these difficult times.

“As we look forward now to 2021 I will continue to work in partnership with the Taoiseach, my counterpart Minister Eamonn Ryan TD and right across the Irish Government to ensure that the investment the Irish Government has committed to advance our shared island is delivered to communities and citizens.”

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