Lone protester turns out at opening of Seamus Heaney arts centre

John Monaghan

A LONE protester wearing a T-shirt with the slogan 'Routing for Seamus' was the only campaigner against the A6 road upgrade to turn out at the opening of the Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Work has begun on the A6 project which is expected to cost about £160m.

Court papers have been lodged seeking permission to challenge the upgrade, as the disputed section cuts through landscape made famous by the former Nobel laureate.

Chris Murphy, from Killough, Co Down, said: "I am not opposed to the centre or to the road but I consider it a big mistake that wetlands will be affected and a landscape that has been made famous by Seamus Heaney."

The poet's brother Hugh Heaney however, has said their objections are without foundation saying he does not believe the proposed route will do "Heaney country any harm at all

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