18 October 2007 Edition
North-South Ministerial meeting on inland waterways
Murphy accompanied Poots as per the North’s Ministerial code where there must be representation from within both nationalism and unionism when attending North-South meetings.
The meeting was reported to be very productive and involved full engagement on issues of an all-island nature including a report from the Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland on developments since the Council last met in June 2002.
“Major achievements include work on the restoration of the Royal Canal and the decision to proceed with the restoration of a section of the Ulster Canal. These are important issues in developing the tourism infrastructure across the island and as we have seen elsewhere the rejuvenation of inland waterways can play a key role in economic regeneration”, Conor Murphy said.
The Ministers welcomed progress on the new HQ building in Enniskillen, the opening of a Western regional office in Scarrif, County Clare and the sponsorship of major sporting events such as the Classic Fishing Festival on Lough Erne, the World Ski Championship in Enniskillen and the Triathlon in Athlone. They also welcomed the decision of the North South Ministerial Council Plenary meeting in July to proceed with the restoration of the Clones to Upper Lough Erne stretch of the Ulster Canal and agreed on how to proceed with this major infrastructural project. The next meeting of this sector will be March 2008.