Tourism promotion a key focus of election promises

May 3, 2016

If successful in this week’s Assembly election, promoting tourism in the area will be a key focus of her time in Stormont, Sinn Fein’s Megan Fearon has promised.

The outgoing MLA says South Armagh “has huge potential” as a national tourist destination: “We’re located between the two biggest cities in the country; an idyllic rural getaway in the middle of the eastern economic corridor.  We have stunning scenery, an incredible history steeped in myth and folklore and of course, our greatest asset; the people of the area.

“With the right investment south Armagh could be booming.  We’ve seen with Slieve Gullion what can be achieved when the proper resources are put into place.  This is why, with our latest billboards, we’ve made tourism and investment a central theme, and what better way to highlight it than using the always stunning Slieve Gullion as a backdrop.”

Meanwhile, the three Newry/Armagh Sinn Fein candidates have released their party manifesto outlining plans for the constituency.

Megan Fearon (South Armagh), Cathal Boylan (Armagh) and Conor Murphy (Newry), which they say shows the party’s commitment to local as well as national issues.

“We wanted to outline a plan specifically for the constituency to show that while there is huge work to be done nationally across Ireland, we are first and foremost representatives of the people and these are the bread and butter issues we will be dealing with,” Ms Fearon said.

Conor Murphy said the manifesto showed how Team Sinn Féin would represent people locally, nationally and internationally, making voices heard “from Ballybot to Brussels”; while Mr Boylan says the document clearly illustrates Sinn Fein’s focus “on work and delivery on the ground”.