Cross border ferry veto angers Hyland

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Sunday, February 19th, 2012
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Independent republican councillor Davy Hyland has said he is disappointed that sponsorship for the Greencastle-Greenore ferry has failed to materialise due to what he described as a ‘lack of support from certain councillors’ in Newry & Mourne District Council. Speaking to Newry Times, Hyland said, “This was a great opportunity that would have been beneficial for the area in terms of tourism and employment as it had the potential to create over 30 jobs. This would have provided an opportunity for tourists and members of the public to travel from Greenore in the South to Greencastle in the North using the ferry.”

Davy continued “The Mourne Mountains are one of the most scenic and beautiful areas in Ireland and this would have had great benefits for the area. Given the high unemployment levels it would also have created much needed jobs for people. Hopefully in the future this project can be relaunched for the betterment of the area and local communities on both sides of the border”.


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1 Comment for “Cross border ferry veto angers Hyland”

  1. Greencastle Resident

    I am concerned with Mr Hyland’s apparent lack of understanding regarding the ferry proposals. The developers have stated that the aim of the ferry is to transport people from the Ballymascanlon roundabout to Newcastle. This completely bypasses the areas for which Mr Hyland is a representative. Rather than introducing new, unsustainable projects (look at the Lough Foyle Ferry) we should be trying to develop opportunities to increase tourism with the valuable resources we already have. In Greencastle alone there is a Norman castle, the ruins of a medieval church, a motte and a listed wooden pier from 1880. Would we not be far better promoting these as tourist attractions rather than building an enormous concrete pier and slipway which would complete ruin the natural and built heritage of Greencastle.

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