€3.2 Million Boost for West Cavan

Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly and Chairman of the Geo- Park Forum, Councillor Peter McVitty today welcomed the news that a letter of offer was issued from the Special European Union Programmes Body to the Border Uplands Project. This letter confirmed the €3.2 million grant aid to the Geo-Park in West Cavan.

The Border Uplands Project is a joint venture between Fermanagh District Council and the County Councils of Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo. Building on the established reputation of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, the project will greatly enhance the landscape tourism product of the region by creating much-needed outdoor access, recreational and amenity infrastructure in the scenic upland areas of the four-county area, which straddles the Irish Border.

‘This cross-border Geo-Park is recognised by UNESCO and has exceptional geological heritage with rock and fauna present in a very natural way. Projects will form part of this project is an interpretive centre at Blacklion for the Geo park which will give a much needed focus on this side of the border’ explained Councillor McVitty, Chairman of the Geo-Park Forum.
Deputy O’Reilly and Councillor McVitty strongly welcomed the fact that the two responsible Governments had resolved their difficulties. Speaking on this issue, Deputy O’Reilly said ‘ Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD and Minister of State for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD have both been very positive in their response to my repeated representations and subsequent Parliamentary Question on this matter.

‘I want to thank Minister Howlin for his work in resolving the difficulties that surrounded this grant aid’ continued the Deputy.
I want to congratulate my colleague, Councillor Peter McVitty for his tireless work and persistent efforts. I also want to pay tribute to our County Manager, Mr Jack Keyes and his executives for their enormous efforts on this issue’ concluded the Deputy.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website