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£12m cross-border Tall Ship plan 'in danger'

By Staff Reporter

Plans for a cross-border Tall Ship may hit the rocks if governments north and south do not provide funding for the inspirational project.

The Atlantic Youth Trust has been planning the £12m ship for three years, and in the wake of Belfast's Tall Ships maritime festival earlier this month, concept drawings of the vessel have been revealed.

The Atlantic Youth Trust's Neil O'Hagan said £4.8m was needed from 'Northern Ireland Inc' and matched by Dublin if the ambitious plan was to become reality.

"Until both governments come out publicly and say, 'We're going to support this provided you guys come up the rest of the funding,' we can't really push the button to move on," he said.

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