New Chamber, new walk trails and rail link

The Inishowen Civic Forum has called for a consolidated Chamber of Commerce for all of Inishowen to present a united case for the peninsula to relevant authorities

At its August meeting in Carndonagh members adopted a number of policy initiatives which will be of great benefit to the peninsula.

Addressing the crippling issue of business rates a spokesperson said the meeting decided that a consoldiated Charmber of Commere would be in Inishowen best interest.

“Businesses crippled by the very serious downturn in trade are being brought to the verge of bankruptcy by the crippling rates burden and receiving very little help or understanding from the authorities collecting these revenues. We need a united front to make a strong case to the relevant authorities.”

The spokesperson pointed to the series of walks around the peninsula developed by very committed individuals and groups have added enormously to the recreational facilities available to residents and tourists alike.

“The ICF now plan to establish a co-ordinating group for the purpose of advertising, marketing and funding these walkways and of amalgamating them into a unified Inishowen walking experience that will have obvious recreational benefits but also provide the participating landowners with the potential for substantial income as is happening in the rest of the country from the boom in walking.

The meeting was also told that new walkway from Westport to Achill - the Green Way - which reportedly cost E8million has paid for itself in its first year of operation through revenue projects established by private individuals along the route.

The Forum has also designated a permanent delegate to the newly launched West Ulster Rail Initiative.

This project plans to promote a Public Private Partnership venture to restore rail connectivity between counties Donegal, Derry, Cavan, Tyrone, Monaghan, Fermanagh.

The spokesperson pointed out it was vital Inishowen be involved in this so that it too is one of these areas which can benefit from the very large fund set up by the EU for the European Rail Connectivity project.