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Calls for Monaghan Council to apply for shared island funding to fix roads

Sep 5, 2022 17:00 By News Northern Sound
Calls for Monaghan Council to apply for shared island funding to fix roads
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'To access the Connons, the border must be crossed several times'

The Ballybay Clones Municipal District has called on Monaghan County Council to engage with Fermanagh & Omagh District Council to make an application under the Shared Island initiative for funding for the restoration of roads.

Members of the Ballybay Clones MD have described local roads as being in an "atrocious condition" particularly in the Connons/Drumully area of Co Monaghan.

Cllr Seamus added that the area is unique to the border region and was created by partition.

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He highlighted how to access the Connons - including community centre and church - the border must be crossed several times.

Cllr Coyle said this was a shared island reality on a daily basis for residents in the townlands of Annaghraw, Clonfad, Clonkeelan, Clonlura, Clonnagore, Clonnestin, Clonoony, Clonoula, Clonrye, Clonshanvo, Clontask, Coleman Island, Corvaghan, Derrybeg, Drumsloe and Roranna.

"The government's Shared Island initiative aims to harness the full potential of the Good Friday Agreement," he continued.

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"This aim is to enhance co-operation, connection, mutual understanding on the island and to engage with all communities and traditions to build consensus around a shared future as announced in Budget 2021, with €500m in capital funding available between 2021-25.

"This funding is ringfenced for investment in collaborative North/South projects and full restoration of all roads in the Connons area is ideally suited to the criteria and aims of the Shared Island Initiative."

Meanwhile, the motion was unanimously agreed and will be forwarded to Monaghan County Council and Ballybay Clones Erne East Partnership.

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