The Government cannot ignore the needs of the rural North County any longer – Farrell

November 6, 2016 0

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has said the North County can no longer be forgotten in terms of the Government’s focus on rural Ireland. Fingal is home to the largest rural area in County Dublin – an area which, for too long, has been forgotten in the context of support for rural Ireland. This is wholly unacceptable.

Alan Farrell TDOur smaller communities, including Ballyboughal, Garristown, Oldtown, and the Naul, can no longer be forgotten in the context of supporting rural Ireland. Fingal is home to a substantial rural community, and is important to our national economy, particularly in the agri-food sector with such a large proportion of Ireland’s fresh produce coming from the North County.

“It seems clear to me that when investment is made in Dublin, the needs of rural North County Dublin are forgotten, and I see no difference when the focus is placed upon rural Ireland. This, in my opinion, is a complete disgrace.

“With regard to this, I have submitted a parliamentary question to the relevant Minister asking for an outline of the funding provided for the rural North County and an explanation as to why it is too often forgotten in the context of Government supports.

“For too long now I have received information on investment in rural Ireland which has not included the North County. This cannot be allowed to continue any longer. I am frustrated at this, as I am sure are many residents of our rural communities.

“Ballybougal, Garristown, Oldtown, the Naul, and their environs must receive the Government support the deserve. It is not acceptable for some Departments to view them in the urban context while others view them in the rural context and all forget about their needs.

“As the local Government TD in Dublin Fingal, I will not stand by while our rural communities are treated as peripherals when it comes to Government investment. The requirements of every community in the North County must be taken into account, and I will work to ensure this is the case across all relevant Government Departments.”