Planning permission granted for Killeavy Castle Hotel

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
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SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley MLA has welcomed confirmation from SDLP Environment Minister Mark H Durkan that Planning Permission is to be granted for a hotel at Killeavey Castle in the heart of South Armagh.

SDLP Councillor Geradline Donnelly, Dominic Bradley MLA, Alex Attwood MLA, Pat O’Hagan (Architect) and SDLP Representative Peter McEvoy at Killeavy Castle

Bradley explained, “Killeavy Castle is a historic building in South Armagh and I am delighted that the proposals are being presented to Newry and Mourne District Council on 5th February as an approval. “This has been a very rigorous process to get to this point given this is a historic building and all efforts have been made to ensure the building and character of the building is preserved as part of the development,” he insisted. “Nestled in the heart of South Armagh, this hotel brings a huge economic and regeneration scheme to one of the most scenic and idyllic parts of this island. As the economy comes out of recession, I hope that this hotel will be able to capture the imagination of tourists and that they will come to stay in what is a beautiful part of the world. “I am in regular contact with the applicant who lives in Australia and indeed his agent Pat O’Hagan in Newry. We have held numerous meetings with the range of stakeholders and government agencies involved including the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan who has been very supportive of the project. “Now that we have reached this milestone, I like many in the local community look forward to construction beginning in due course.”

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