Implementation of CEDRA report alongside Regional Enterprise Strategy boost for rural Ireland – McLoughlin

‘Strategy about maximising potential and providing additional support for projects and businesses’

Sligo News File Online

Tony McLoughlin, TD, Fine Gael.
Tony McLoughlin, TD,
Fine Gael.

“The establishment of an expert advisory group to develop rural development policy and implement the CEDRA report will have a major impact on rural Ireland”, says Tony McLoughlin, Fine Gael TD for Sligo Leitrim.

“The new expert advisory group will be chaired by Pat Spillane and a number of prominent business leaders who operate in rural Ireland. The group will be assessing how best to implement the CEDRA report which contains 34 recommendations.

“Developing rural Ireland as a place of business is extremely important as we work towards spreading the recovery to our towns and villages. The implementation of the CEDRA report will be extremely important in doing this and it will complement the Regional Enterprise Strategy which was launched last month by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.

“Employment is growing in every region but extra resources are needed to accelerate the recovery in regional areas like Sligo and Leitrim and that is what the Action Plan for Jobs – Regional is all about. This strategy is about maximising potential and providing additional support for the projects and businesses.

“Last week we learned that 90,000 more people are at work since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs, unemployment has fallen for 31 months in a row and consumer spending is up, but more needs to be done to ensure that every individual and every family feels the benefit of this recovery.

Pat Spillane, Chairman, Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Ireland
Pat Spillane, Chairman,
Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Ireland

“The Government has committed to creating 40,000 new jobs in 2015 and to achieving full employment by 2018, two years ahead of schedule. While this is a huge challenge, it is achievable but rural Ireland must benefit from future growth. Initiatives like the CEDRA report and the Regional Enterprise Strategy indicate the Government’s commitment to rural Ireland and to promoting growth in all parts of the country.”