West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

MLA's invite the public to have their say on the new Rural Development Programme

Published: 24 September, 2013

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Bronwyn Mc Gahan MLA

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Bronwyn Mc Gahan MLA

Sinn Féin MLA's Bronwyn Mc Gahan and Declan Mc Aleer have called on rural stakeholders to have their say on the new Rural Development Programme. The two MLA's have organized a public consultation for next Thursday evening (3rd Oct) in Kelly's Inn, Garvaghey at 7pm.

According to Ms Mc Gahan 'DARD has already hosted a number of public consultations across the north but given the population and rurality of County Tyrone, we strongly felt it would be necessary to facilitate an additional opportunity for the public to have their say. We jointly lobbied the department to send officials to this meeting and they acceded to our request.

'The consultation event will enable stake holders to have their say on the shape of the new programme so that it delivers the best outcomes for everyone living or working in rural areas.

Declan Mc Aleer MLA added 'The new programme has been developed in line with Europe 2020 strategic objectives and the EU's rural development priorities, which includes recognition of the importance of measures to tackle poverty and social isolation in rural areas.

'The consultation will also involve an open discussion with senior DARD officials and a report will be compiled and submitted to the department as part of the consultation process.

Declan concluded 'The Rural Development Programme is one of the most important strategies influencing the development of rural areas. It is essential that we get it right so we strongly encourage everyone who has an interest in the future development of rural areas to come along'.