Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Ulster Canal Restoration Project
614. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of progress with regard to the Ulster canal project; the amount which has been spent to date on this entire project; her future plans in respect of the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35978/17]
One of my main priorities since taking Ministerial office has been the restoration of the Ulster Canal. I secured Government approval to restore a 2.5 km stretch of the Ulster Canal from the Shannon-Erne Waterway to the International Scout Centre at Castle Saunderson, Co Cavan on 24th February 2015.
The project, which comprises three work phases, is being undertaken by Waterways Ireland.
The contract for the completion of the 3rd and final phase of the works was awarded to Fox Contracts Ltd from Co Tyrone on 25 March 2017. I have been informed by Waterways Ireland that the contractors are currently on site. Setting up the works base and completion of temporary works access is underway. The approvalto commence works is now in place, except for a species licence from NIEA (Northern Ireland Environment Agency).
An amount of €2,002,536 has been spent on the entire Ulster Canal project to date and I remain firmly committed to delivering this flagship project for the border region.