McAleer welcomes passing of historic Rural Needs Bill
Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the passing of the Rural Needs Bill through the Assembly.
Mr McAleer said;
"The passing of the Rural Needs Bill is a good news story for rural communities across the North.
"More than 670,000 people live in rural communities in the north and this legislation will go a long way to address the issues and challenges they face.
"It is a historic day as the north is now the first region in Europe to introduce legislation to ensure that rural dwellers will enjoy the same quality of life as others.
"It will require public authorities and decision makers to take the needs of rural communities into account when developing policies and services.
"Rural communities themselves played a key role in shaping this legislation and I congratulate my party colleague Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill for taking this legislation forward."