Updated: 08/02/18 : 06:27:36
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National Planning Framework needs to include strategy for North West – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry has called on the Government to ensure that the North West is included in the National Planning Framework and that co-ordinated strategy including a capital investment plan is devised to boost economic activity in the region.

Deputy Mac Sharry said, “People living in Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim and parts of the Midlands are incensed by the Government’s draft National Planning Framework, which essentially has excluded the North West and parts of Mayo, Roscommon and Westmeath. 

"No town or village north of Galway and Dublin has been mentioned, exposing the government’s Dublin and urban focused attitude to investment.

“Towns like Sligo, Letterkenny and Carrick on Shannon are crying out for investment.  The fact that there still isn’t a motorway from either Dublin or Galway to the North West speaks volumes about where its place on the priority list is.  This region has been completely forgotten by Fine Gael and this draft plan is an indication that it has no intention of changing that."

'Extremely vocal'

“I attended this week’s public meeting in Athlone, and people living across the North West and midlands were extremely vocal in their anger.  They’re tired of hearing about the economic recovery and not feeling or seeing any of the effects.  Many do not even have access to essential services like a decent broadband connection, never mind expecting high tech infrastructure projects to begin on their doorstep.

“Whatever changes are made the government must devise a strategy, backed by investment to ensure that the regions can perform to their potential.

“Fine Gael TDs and Senators appear to be finally waking up to the fact that the draft plan is a shambles, especially for people living in this region.  I have made submissions during the consultation process and I will be continuing to keep pressure on local TDs and Ministers to start delivering for the North West”.