ROMANCE was in the air on Saturday when DUP leader Arlene Foster made a short trip across the border to Glenfarne, Co Leitrim, to support the opening of a new Greenway project
Mrs Foster and Irish Transport Minister, Shane Ross indulged in light hearted banter after cutting the ribbon on the proposed 63km Greenway which will stretch from Sligo, through Leitrim to Enniskillen, and is expected to be a big boost for local tourism.
The banter between the two kicked off in the middle of the dance floor as Mr Ross took her hand and the spectators cheered and Mrs Foster joked about entering ‘Strictly Come Dancing.’
On her arrival Mr Ross helped the DUP guest on with her coat as they posed for photographs.
She said she was delighted to be in Glenfarne and had high hopes for the cross-border project, no matter what happened with Brexit.
“I hope the same neighbourliness that has been here for many years keeps going,” she said.
“We need to make sure that we show off the natural beauty of this part of the world,” she said.
She went on to say that she was at Glenfarne because she wanted to see the development of the Sligo to Enniskillen Greenway.
“I want to see the potential of the Sligo to Enniskillen Greenway realised for everybody and see the potential for tourists to come to this part of the world. Both sides of the border would benefit from the tourism infrastructures which this project would bring,” she said. “We were born into a place blessed with natural beauty and we want to share it.”
Answering questions on Brexit, Mrs Foster said she wanted to see a deal which worked for the whole of the United Kingdom and neighbours, the Republic. “We need to see a willingness from everyone towards the exit date of March 29th.”
She also pointed to that it was clear to see that there were no plans for infrastructure on the border.
“We don’t want to see any going forward. We want to see the same continued neighbourliness, but in a situation where we are outside the EU and the Republic is inside.”
Finally, she said that she hoped that Theresa May would bring back a deal which could be supported by the House of Commons.
Local councillor Sean McDermott agreed there was huge potential for the proposed Greenway and suggested that eventually it could be lined to the greenway in Mayo.
“It would be great to see people on holiday out cycling and enjoying our countryside,” he added.
Posted: 9:29 am March 3, 2019