Fears Fianna Fail backed Coalition hell-bent on holding major industry in the East.
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Some funding has been allocated for North West projects, but there still has been no announcement of any significant government investment in job-creating industrial development.
It is feared the Fianna Fail backed Coalition government is intent on concentrating major industry primarily in the East of the country, leaving areas like Sligo and Leitrim to rely on the fragile tourism sector for survival.
Sligo, in particular, is facing an uphill struggle to maintain existing retail business – many commercial units have closed or changed hands in the town and county.
Are TDs too tame in their approach to securing overdue new development? Sligo-Leitrim has four Dail deputies – Martin Kenny, Sinn Fein, Marc MacSharry and Eamon Scanlon, both Fianna Fail and Tony McLoughlin, Fine Gael.
Projects for which funding has been announced include a new discovery centre at Knock Airport in Mayo. Other allocations have been made for angling and food tasting in Leitrim, upgrading of town facilities in County Donegal and activities at Ox Mountains biking centre and an enterprise operation in Tubbercurry.
McLoughlin has said the aid will boost the local economy and improve living standards in the rural hinterland.