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Loughs Agency Hails US President Joe Biden’s Visit to Carlingford

14th April 2023
US President Joe Biden with Tánaiste Micheal Martin at St John’s Castle in Carlingford on Wednesday 12 April
US President Joe Biden with Tánaiste Micheal Martin at St John’s Castle in Carlingford on Wednesday 12 April

Loughs Agency chief executive Sharon McMahon was delighted to see the Carlingford catchment included in US President Joe Biden’s visit to Ireland.

Following his arrival in Belfast on Tuesday (11 April), President Biden then travelled across the border into Co Louth on Wednesday afternoon (12 April), stopping for a tour of King John’s Castle which overlooks the scenic Carlingford Lough.

McMahon said: “We were delighted to see President Biden enjoying his visit to Carlingford, an area of outstanding natural beauty and marine resources that offers unique opportunities for visitors to connect with the surroundings.

“As a North—South organisation, we are committed to promoting sustainable development while also conserving the natural environment.

“Beyond the breathtaking views of the lough, Carlingford also boasts beautiful mountain views, stunning valleys and a wide range of fishing options for a variety of anglers, from trout fishing in the rivers and lakes to sea angling from the shore.”

The Loughs Agency CEO added: “Mr Biden’s visit is one of positivity and we are confident that it will further enhance Carlingford’s reputation as a popular tourism destination. We look forward to welcoming many more visitors in the near future.”

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About the Loughs Agency

The Loughs Agency is a governmental body established under the 1998 Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland. The Agency's goal is to provide sustainable social, economic, and environmental benefits by effectively conserving, managing, promoting, and developing the fisheries and marine resources of the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

The Agency's governing legislation confers several specific functions, including the promotion of development of Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough for commercial and recreational purposes in respect of marine, fishery, and aquaculture matters. Moreover, the Agency is responsible for managing, conserving, protecting, improving, and developing the inland fisheries of the Foyle and Carlingford areas. Additionally, the Agency has the task of developing and licensing aquaculture, as well as the development of marine tourism.

The Loughs Agency reports to the North South Ministerial Council and its government Sponsor Departments, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland, and the Department of the Environment, Climate, and Communications (DECC) in Ireland. The Departments fund the Agency on an equal basis.

The Loughs Agency's focus on sustainable development is expected to have a positive impact on the economy, environment, and local communities in the Foyle and Carlingford areas. The Agency's efforts to conserve and enhance the region's marine resources, including fisheries and aquaculture, are expected to benefit local communities, promote tourism, and contribute to economic growth.

In conclusion, the Loughs Agency plays a vital role in promoting the sustainable social, economic, and environmental development of the Foyle and Carlingford areas. Its work on marine conservation and development is crucial in ensuring the long-term viability of the region's natural resources and in promoting sustainable economic growth.