New A6 endangers very heart of Heaney country
The controversy over the proposed A6 dual carriageway between Randalstown and Castledawson is rich in irony. Chief cheerleaders for the development are Sinn Fein and it has been approved by the party's Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard.
But campaigners say the road will devastate some of the townlands made famous by Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney.
Sinn Fein also welcomes the development of the Seamus Heaney HomePlace centre, celebrating his work. It is due to open shortly. What a pity if visitors to the centre, inspired by the poet's moving descriptions of his homeland vistas, see only tarmac and traffic.