SINN Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has welcomed the announcement by Minister of Agriculture Michelle O’Neill that a consultation will take place on Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020.
Ms. McGahan said, “The Rural Development Programme is an important strategy in the development of country areas for farmers, food producers, businesses and residents so it is important that we get it right.
“The consultation will allow all stakeholders to have an input and to help shape the future of all aspects of rural life from the provision of basic services such as broadband provision, bus routes, post offices right through to educational and health facilities.
“The tranche of funding accompanying the Development Programme will help dictate the quality of rural life up until 2020 so it is important we get it right.
“I welcome the fact that the Minister has opened this consultation and I would appeal to all stakeholders to engage with the Department in making submissions.”