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its opinion and present this to Newry and Mourne Council.” Meanwhile last week Greencastle Pier was last week used as a location for the filming of scenes The Department of the Environment has said it has not yet formulated a position in the proposed Greencastle/ Greenore Ferry. Last week members of the Greencastle Area Residents Group told the Reporter they understood that the final decision on the granting of planning approval for the Northern section of the multi million pound project will rest with DOE Minister Mark H Durkan and not planning officers. An Bord Pleanala have already granted permission for the project the Southern side of Carlingford Lough whilst Newry and Mourne Council whilst Newry and Mourne Council in its role as a consultee has backed the project. Earlier this year Newry and Mourne District Council gave its backing to the project. However a final decision has to be taken on the project. In a statement the DOE told the Reporter that ‘Planning Application P/2013/0434/F for a proposed ferry terminal at Greencastle Co Down to facilitate a ferry crossing between Greencastle in County Down and Greenore in County Louth remains under consideration by DOE Planning. This is currently out for consultation and once all responses have been received DOE Planning will be in a position to formulate from series 2 of BBC drama ‘The Fall.’ According to Greencastle Residents Group spokesperson Christine Gibson 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan – the villain of the drama was in the area. “Last week it was Greencastle’s turn to host a film crew and now we await eagerly for the clip filmed on the pier overlooking our open shoreline,” she said. “Greencastle residents are proud of our unspoilt hamlet boasting beaches, mountains and a Norman Castle. We welcome tourists from all over the world all year round an it looks like our secret is spreading fast within the film world too.”


Newry Reporter

4th June 2014