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Sinn Féin Keen to Reopen Canal Connection- Kimmins, Mulgrew

Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has welcomed news that an ERT meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has agreed to work jointly with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon council to investigate the possibility of reopening the Canal from Newry to Portadown.

 Liz said: 

 “In April this year, I raised the possibility of reopening the Newry Canal with the Infrastructure Minister and Waterways Ireland who both clarified that responsibility for Newry Canal lies with local councils. This has been a project our Newry Sinn Féin Team have been keen to pursue, and our Newry Cllrs Charlie Casey, Valerie Harte and Roisin Mulgrew have now ensured that this will be on the agenda going forward, which is excellent news.

“Newry Canal is the oldest navigation summit canal in Britain and Ireland, and has a wealth of history associated with it. My own great-grandfather was a seaman and the memories of this have been a prominent feature throughout the generations of our family.”.

Councillor Mulgrew also commented on this progress, stating that:

“Myself and my party colleagues Liz Kimmins MLA and Mickey Brady MP previously met with Inland Waterways and they shared our concerns around the dereliction of Newry Canal.

“We believe that the reopening of Newry Canal would be a fantastic asset to the city of Newry and would link excellently with the Newry City Park and the broader regeneration of Newry.  

“There will be several funding opportunities which will present themselves over the next year and we will work with our Sinn Féin colleagues in the Armagh area to encourage them to ensure our councils work together to support the reopening of Newry Canal.

ENDS/CRÍOCH

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