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September 11, 2007

Giant’s Causeway plan dropped

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Plans for a £21 million visitor centre at the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage site in Co Antrim are to be dropped. Enterprise Minister Nigel Dodds said the decision to proceed with the winning design produced by Dublin firm Heneghan Peng Architects “would not be a prudent use of taxpayers’ money”. He cited his party colleague and Environment Minister Arlene Foster’s position on an alternative private-sector planning application. The original centre was destroyed by a fire in 2000 and a design competition for a replacement at the 60-million-year-old causeway was held. Róisín Heneghan’s winning entry beat 200 competitors and was hailed by former northern secretary Peter Hain as “stunning”.

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