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Frustration that Monaghan to Smithborough section of Ulster Canal not included in €63.5 million allocation for greenways

Nov 10, 2020 07:54 By News Northern Sound
Frustration that Monaghan to Smithborough section of Ulster Canal not included in €63.5 million allocation for greenways
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A Monaghan councillor has expressed frustration that the Monaghan to Smithborough element of the Ulster Canal was not included in a 63.5 million euro

A Monaghan councillor has expressed frustration that the Monaghan to Smithborough element of the Ulster Canal was not included in a 63.5 million euro allocation for greenways funding.

The government announced yesterday that the funding would be made available for a range of greenways across the country, but the Ulster Canal project did not benefit.

Councillor David Maxwell passed a motion at a Monaghan County Council meeting calling on Oireachtas members to explain why this project wasn't included in the funding.

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Concern was recently expressed that the Ulster Canal Greenway from Monaghan town to Smithborough could be postponed because of a funding shortfall.

Monaghan County Council recently asked for further funding to complete the project and Councillor Maxwell says it's disappointing this extra funding wasn't forthcoming in the latest greenways allocation:

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