Updated: 07/02/18 : 06:31:52
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Sligo TD's redline declaration on 'Ireland 2040' plan

Fine Gael T.D. for Sligo - Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, has said that he will not accept 'NO' for an answer with regard to Sligo receiving a dedicated status as a growth centre for the North West region in the final edition of the ‘Ireland 2040’ plan and that this is a major redline issue for him personally.

Concern has been expressed throughout the region that the North West had been overlooked in the draft version of the planning framework plan which was released in December 2017.

Such is the concerns, Sligo featured on RTÉ News this week where the worried feeling on the ground was aired to the public.  

Numerous groups from the North West have also written to the Minister for Local Government, Eoghan Murphy in order to express their apprehensions and McLoughlin said that “he is doing all in his power, politically; to ensure that Sligo is given this dedicated status as it is vital for the future of Sligo and its environs.

'Neglected'

“We need this recognition in the final version of the plan in order to help us to continue to attract investment and help Sligo to grow into the future. Sligo and the North West were neglected under the previous National Spatial Strategy as the proposed infrastructure improvements were not forthcoming due to Fianna Fail’s economic crash. This now needs to be addressed in the plan.

I have raised this particular issue time after time in the Dáil, at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party with my rural colleagues, and I have taken my concerns directly to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar again this week.

I believe that I have the full support of Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring and Minister for State at that Department, Sean Kyne who has written to the Taoiseach in support of my argument.  

“I am not taking no for an answer on this issue and I am confident that the Government now see the flaws with the draft edition of the document and I believe that changes will be in place in the final edition and that Sligo will receive classification within it” concluded McLoughlin.

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