Killing the Ulster Canal by stealth

Given that the original canal was dead on arrival, you’d have thought it wouldn’t be that difficult to kill off the proposed “restoration” of the Ulster Canal, however, in the world of State funding, zombies thrive.

Having said that, the RoI Government do appear to be engaging in a clever switch and bait operation by supporting the development of a greenway along the towpath of the Ulster Canal, thereby delivering most of the benefits that were identified as coming from a “restoration” of the canal at a fraction of the cost.

That different sections can be developed without linking up initially is another advantage of a greenway over a canal, the latter having to be continuous in nature and thereby built in a pre determined order.

Northern Sound report that development of a second phase of greenway along the canal towpath was kicked off today.

Ulster Canal Greenway

The Fermanagh Herald reports positive news – we don’t have to wait for Brexit to kill off the “restoration” of the Ulster Canal.

Waterways Ireland are now pushing ahead with the Ulster Canal greenway, which is the way of delivering most of the benefits of the “restoration” of the Ulster Canal, but at a far lower cost as it doesn’t involve restoring the canal.