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Rural Development Plan ‘an exercise in PR’ – Cullinane

23 January, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane said today that without proper and integrated capital investment, the Government’s rural development plan nothing more than an exercise in public relations.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Minister Heather Humphreys has decided to reheat the Government’s action plans on jobs and serve it up as something new.

“The reality is that €60m spread over three years and 600 towns and villages is little more than window-dressing when we look at the significant structural and funding issues facing rural Ireland.

“The announcement once again of an Atlantic economic corridor is meaningless without an actual strategy for the West and the island in general that is backed up with funds.

“The deficit in capital investment over the past eight years means that the current state of our infrastructure is a significant impediment to current and future growth in productivity.

“It is difficult to see how this announcement today will bring balance to current Government policy which privileges Dublin and the M50 over the regions.

“Less spin and more planning, backed up with proper financial commitments, is what rural Ireland desperately needs.

“It is something that unfortunately this Government is incapable of doing.” 

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