West Cavan Fianna Fáil County Councillor, John Paul Feeley who said the three projects are of major significant to the local community and are expected to bring an investment of over € 1.3million to the area in the short term.
Several major development projects earmarked for the west of Cavan have significantly progressed after approval for the work was granted at this month's Cavan County Council meeting.
At the Courthouse, Dowra, the extension and redevelopment of the Market House, Blacklion and the provision of an unmanned interpretative centre and other works at Burren, Blacklion, a key site in the Marble Arch Geopark have all been given the go-ahead.
Because the properties involved are all either owned by the Council or the projects are heavily supported by Cavan County Council they can avail of the fast-track planning procedure under the Planning & Development Act 2000.
The news was warmly welcomed by West Cavan Fianna Fáil County Councillor, John Paul Feeley who said the three projects are of major significant to the local community and are expected to bring an investment of over € 1.3million to the area in the short term.
Work on Dowra Courthouse will see the building restored and primed once again as a focal point to the county border village. This will include the demolition of outbuildings in the courtyard of the building, the construction of a new equipment store, an internal lift, an external glazed link corridor at the rear of the building and internal alterations.
Highlighting the plans for development at the Burren, Cllr Feeley noted that this plan, which nvolves the construction of an unmanned interpretative centre on the site of an abandoned farmhouse in Burren Forest and a number of marked trails is the key element of developing the Marble Arch Geopark in Cavan.
"The significance of the Burren is really only becoming clear given the concentration of megalithic and geological features", said Cllr Feeley, "The Burren site is extremely sensitive from a visual, historical and ecological point of view. I congratulate all of those involved in this important project.'
Finally, Cllr Feeley welcomed the approval of plans for work at the Market House in Blacklion. This plan in conjunction with Killinagh Community Council will facilitate the development of the primary visitors and interpretive facility for the entire Marble Arch Geopark. The Centre will act as a guide pointing visitors to the Marble Arch Caves, the Burren and the other site.