March 13, 2024
Longford Public Meeting hears frustration at Government failure to tackle regional imbalance and rural decline – Chris MacManus MEP

Longford Public Meeting hears frustration at Government failure to tackle regional imbalance and rural decline – Chris MacManus MEP

A well-attended public meeting hosted by Chris MacManus MEP in Longford on Thursday night last (March 7th)heard frustration from local communities and individuals at the failure of successive Governments to tackle the issues of regional imbalance and rural decline. The meeting, held in the Longford Arms Hotel, featured contributions from Sorca Clarke TD as well as local election candidates James Donnelly and Barry Campion.

A broad range of subjects were discussed, including the upgrading of the N4, a lack of public transport, agriculture and the lack of affordable housing in the local area.

Speaking following the meeting, Chris MacManus MEP for the Midlands Northwest said:
“I was pleased to host this meeting in Longford tonight. It’s one of a series of regional meetings that I’ve organised and I’d like to thank our panellists Sorca Clarke TD, James Donnelly and Barry Campion, as well as everyone in attendance, many of whom contributed significantly to the conversation.”

“It was a very productive evening with many interesting ideas and proposals which we will be taking on board and which will inform us in our work as we seek to tackle the issues of regional imbalance and rural decline. A lack of investment in infrastructure such as the re-alignment of the N4 and key public services as well as the failure to protect our family farmers were key themes highlighted throughout the meeting. It was clear that there is huge frustration about successive Government’s failure to address these issues. 

MacManus concluded, “At a European level I will be continuing to demand greater resources and supports for our region. Investment is key for tackling these issues and delivering economic development for County Longford and the region as a whole. Sinn Féin will continue to fight for fairness and equality for this region at local, national and European level.” ENDS

Pictured below from Left to Right: James Donnelly, Sorca Clarke TD, Chris MacManus MEP, Barry Campion
 




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