Plans to restore the Upper Lough Erne to Clones section of the Ulster Canal are being pursued by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
it says here. The official NSMC version is here. No mention of the inter-agency treasure-seekers; perhaps the swag is in here:
Progress on the development of the new INTERREG V and PEACE IV Programmes for the period 2014 – 2020 was discussed. The Council noted that the draft Programmes had been submitted to the EU commission by the deadline of 22 September 2014.
I see that WI employee payments for pensions are going up:
16. Ministers also acknowledged the ongoing work in relation to reform of the North South Bodies Pension Scheme, including recently approved amendments to ensure the Scheme complies with employment legislation and best practice in both jurisdictions and to increase employee contributions.
Someone with a tin ear (perhaps someone who doesn’t do crosswords) wrote this:
driving a shift to public and more sustainable modes of transport and the potential for shared cross border public transport services in border areas.
Driving would be right, especially in Donegal. But what about parity of esteem?
development of cross border Greenways
Why no Orangeways?
The bed of the Ulster Canal would make an excellent greenway. In fact, segregation of bikes and walkers could be achieved by placing a cyclepath on the bed of the canal and leave the towpath for walkers only. That way, neither would have to integrate with road traffic at bridges, which is what the plan to build a new canal would require (due to elimination of the towpaths under existing bridges).
I’d even be willing to allow it to be referred to as an Orangeway, if that brought this proposal to reality.
The Orangeway will be the restored Lagan Navigation between Belfast and Lisburn :)