Disused fort to become new UN centre
Published 12/09/2011 | 05:00
A DISUSED Irish military base is to be offered to the United Nations as the world's first 'neutral facility' intended for use in conflict resolution.
Fort Camden, near Crosshaven in Co Cork, dates back to 1550 and was used by British Forces from the late 1700s until it was handed over to the Irish Army in 1938.
A report commissioned by Cork County Council has proposed, when fully restored, a section of the 50-acre site will be offered to the UN as a 'Global Centre for Conflict Resolution'.
The author of the report and Director of Cork Civic Trust, John X Miller, said: "It would be a progressive step to approach it from the opposite side of conflict, that is resolution and negotiation."
The report's proposals were met with enthusiasm by Agriculture, Marine and Food Minister Simon Coveney.
Cork County Mayor Tim Lombard said the proposal had huge potential and could bring 100,000 tourists annually.