Map shows the new proposed boundaries in this area.

The Green Party has welcomed the inclusion of Slievecroob in the new district council of Newry & Mourne which, if agreed, will bring the proposed National Park boundaries within the one local government area.

Green Party Cllr Cadogan Enright said: “The decision to include Slievecroob in Newry & Mourne improves the region’s ability to develop a National Park through the Mournes and into the Cooleys and considerably improves the project’s chances of success. A National Park in this area will bring huge investment with the potential of attracting investment from Europe, the Republic and the UK.”

The Green Party has been a consistent supporter of the National Park, which according to a 2006 Countryside Consultancy report has the potential of creating in excess of 800 -1,200 jobs.

Cllr Enright said: “A new National Park will create jobs, improve infrastructure including the A25 route, upgrade public transport and offers one of the most exciting opportunities for the area’s economic future.”

According to the Potential Impacts of National Park Designation in Northern Ireland report, published in May 2006, upwards of 1.43 million visitors per year could be attracted to the proposed National Park and 2.53 million to the wider sphere of influence. This, according to the report equates to £30-43 million in spending by visitors each year.

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