New Gobbins path will boost Tourism

23 08 2015

MA Gobbins

SDLP Causeway, Coast and Glens Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop has today welcomed the completion of the Gobbins path project and the benefits it will bring to tourism in Antrim and to Northern Ireland as a whole.

Speaking after attending the launch of the paths, Ms McKillop said:

“This path will undoubtedly become a major tourist attraction that will not only benefit the locality of county Antrim, but the North as a whole as it attracts tourists from all over the world.

“This redevelopment of what is an historical coastal path alongside the development of a new on-site visitors centre is a significant investment that has taken a long time to reach completion. In the long term, given that it has the potential to attract 70,000 visitors per year, it will repay this effort.

“I believe the Gobbins path will help to ensure that holidaymakers to the Causeway Coast may stay an extra night and add an extra stop to their visit.  In this way the path will not only become a substantial attraction in its own right but will enhance the overall Tourism package in East Antrim by boosting figures in the Glens and at the Giant’s Causeway.” 

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70 years on – ‘No More Hiroshimas’

6 08 2015

Hiroshima On 6th August 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by US air forces. This was the first time a nuclear weapon had ever been used; it killed up to 180,000 people and destroyed 13 square kilometres of the city. A further bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, three days later and killed between 50,000 and 100,000 people. It is very vital that we support CND in calling for the horrors of Hiroshima never to be repeated. The anniversary of the bombing is an important time to reflect on the human cost of using nuclear weapons.

The scale of the devastation caused by nuclear weapons, together with the disastrous consequences of radiation on human and all forms of life, make these weapons uniquely terrible and destructive. The world must resolve never to allow the scenes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be repeated.