McMullan welcomes progress of rural proofing bill
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has welcomed the the progress of the Rural Needs Bill to protect the rights of people living in rural areas.
Mr McMullan said;
"I welcome the fact that Sinn Féin agriculture minister Michelle O'Neill has moved the Rural Needs Bill in the Assembly today to safeguard the needs of rural communities.
"This bill will ensure that rural proofing would become a statutory duty before the end of this Assembly mandate.
"Having rural proofing in legislation would mean that councils and executive departments would have a duty to consider the needs of rural citizens when forming policies.
"I look forward to further progress of this bill which, if passed, would mean the Assembly would be the first government to build rural proofing into legislation.
"This is further evidence of Sinn Féin's commitment to safeguarding the rights of rural citizens and making sure they have access to services."