Updated: 02/02/17 : 13:11:20
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McGrath to address finance breakfast briefing in Sligo

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath will address a finance breakfast briefing organised by Sligo Fianna Fáil CDC later this month. The meeting, Sligo Southern Hotel, will discuss the challenges facing the North West regions, particularly in light of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Deputy McGrath said, “I am very pleased to have been invited to address this meeting and outline Fianna Fáil’s vision for improving the social and economic situation for people living in Sligo and the North West region.  This area has suffered under Fine Gael, which has continually focussed its economic agenda on the capital and the Greater Dublin Area, to the detriment of the regions.

“The last Government failed to utilise the skilled workforce and vast potential that the North West has to offer.  Every year, hundreds of students graduate from the IT in Sligo but because of the lack of investment in the region, many are forced to move to our cities or even further afield.  These missed opportunities need to be urgently addressed."

Deputy McGrath continued, “Brexit is the greatest economic challenge facing this country in decades, and because of the North West’s proximity to the border, this region will be disproportionately affected.  This Government is failing to react to events and I have serious concerns about our ability to effectively cope with the fallout.  Despite Enda Kenny’s objections, it is imperative that a Minister for Brexit is appointed to coordinate a strategy to ensure that Ireland is protected from any adverse impact.

“Sligo has worked hard to capitalise on the opportunities presented as a result of the Wild Atlantic Way and various arts and heritage initiatives.  Tourism in the North West is increasing steadily and businesses here are adapting and growing to suit these new markets.  These businesses need to be supported so that they can continue to expand and create employment.  While Fine Gael ignores this region for FDI projects, indigenous companies are stepping up to the mark and pushing their businesses ideas with great success.

“This meeting presents an opportunity for the people of the North West to engage with their public representatives and help create a blueprint for improving life for people in this area and I look forward to hearing their ideas”, concluded the finance spokesman.