Government investing in recreation as North West crying out for industry

Many small towns and villages are struggling to survive.

Rural broadband shifted to slow lane.

Sligo News File.

Tubbercurry-based Basta is understood to be back in business following a reported purchase but the job situation for the North West remains as bleak as ever.

A few enterprises have established bases in Sligo, one of them believed to be a call centre. However, the wider region continues to struggle with no great prospect of major new business emerging.

Smaller towns and villages are seriously lacking with many commercial premises already closed.

The government’s current focus is seen to be on the expansion of recreational facilities in which relatively modest allocations are being made. Publicity surrounding the funding is glossing over the absence of government investment in job-creating activity.

It is reckoned that it will be years before places such as Sligo attain the industrial and service sector status once enjoyed by the region. At present, significant industries being attracted to the country are locating mainly in the country’s capital, Dublin.

The much promised high-speed broadband for rural areas of the country appears to be back in the government’s slow lane. Local TD Marc MacSharry has said the development must represent value for money for the taxpayers. He has also submitted that the department must assess the “cost and analyse all options,” something which
could delay the rollout still further.

Sligo Leitrim has some four TD’s, two of them – Marc MacSharry and Eamon Scanlon – Fianna Fail, one Fine Gael, Tony McLoughlin and one Sinn Fein Martin Kenny.