North West out of National Planning Framework

‘No town or village north of Galway and Dublin has been mentioned.’

‘People are incensed.’

Sligo News File.

A Fianna Fail TD has spoken of the fury that the exclusion of the North West from the Nationa Planning Framework has sparked throughout the region.

Marc MacSharry TD…people incensed over exclusion of North West from government’s National Framework Plan

Marc MacSharry said people living in Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim and even parts of the Midlands “are incensed by the Government’s draft National Planning Framework.”

“No town or village north of Galway and Dublin has been mentioned,” he said, thereby “exposing the government’s Dublin and urban focused attitude to investment.

“Towns like Sligo, Letterkenny and Carrick on Shannon are crying out for investment. The fact that there still isn’t a motorway from either Dublin or Galway to the North West speaks volumes about where its place on the priority list is.

“This region has been completely forgotten by Fine Gael and this draft plan is an indication that it has no intention of changing that.”

The Sligo-Leitrim Deputy said he attended this week’s public meeting in Athlone, at which people living across the North West and midlands were “extremely vocal in their anger.

“They’re tired of hearing about the economic recovery and not feeling or seeing any of the effects. Many do not even have access to essential services like a decent broadband connection, never mind expecting high tech infrastructure projects to begin on their doorstep.

“The government,” he said “must devise a strategy, backed by investment to ensure that the regions can perform to their potential.

“Fine Gael TDs and Senators appear to be finally waking up to the fact that the draft plan is a shambles, especially for people living in this region.”

Adding that he had made submissions during the consultation process on National Planning Framework, he said he will be “continuing to keep pressure on local TDs and Ministers
to start delivering for the North West.”