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The South-East Needs Investment Now – Cullinane

3 July, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has said today that the recently-published 2017 South East Economic Monitor report confirms that the South East has been left behind by successive governments, and a change in policy is needed.

Speaking today, deputy Cullinane said:

“The region has been neglected for decades by several governments. A recently published report by Dr Cormac O’Keeffe, John Casey and Dr Ray Griffin of WIT clearly demonstrated that Waterford and the South-East was losing out in investment.

“The social and business infrastructure of the region has been put on the back burner.

“We have seen repeated attempts by the HSE to downgrade University Hospital Waterford from a regional to a local hospital.

“The planned merger of Waterford and Carlow ITs has been put on hold.

“Waterford City and County Council recently submitted an application for €5.5m funding to complete the Waterford Greenway.

“This has been refused due to a lack of funding.

“The region needs investment in infrastructure and jobs creation in order to sustain itself, but the political will is simply not there at the moment.

“Waterford needs strong and decisive leadership. We need the Government to deliver. I will do all that I can to make this happen.”

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