‘Land owners and farmers have concerns’ – Irwin on Mourne National Park
Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman and Stormont Agriculture Committee member William Irwin MLA has reacted to news that The Mournes will be considered for National Park status.
Irwin was speaking after the Newry Times exclusive today where Environment Minister Alex Attwood announced the most likely candidate areas for designation as a National Park. The Mournes, the Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens and the Fermanagh Lakelands were the three areas identified – from a list of 12 through an independent assessment process.
Irwin stated, “The issue of National Park status has been one which has generated a lot of debate both in favour and against such proposals. I know that land owners and farmers in the Mourne area have their concerns which are well documented and it will be interesting to see how this issue progresses as I understand that the Minister has plans to award two areas out of a shortlist of three National Park status.”
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