Penrose welcomes Labour plans for rural Ireland

07 February 2016

The Labour Party yesterday launched ‘Standing up for Rural Ireland’, the party’s plan

for balanced regional development.

Among the key provisions of the plan are:

 A new €200m investment in regional growth centres

 An increased investment in transport and connectivity

 Greater support for small scale agriculture food production and rural


 A new social enterprise scheme to rejuvenate rural towns and villages

 Making rural life safer and more sustainable

Willie Penrose TD said: “Labour has always had a strong commitment to rural

communities, and I know this will continue into the future.

“This government has stood up for rural communities, and we will continue to do so.

We need to continue to build a recovery in rural Ireland.

We are determined to continue our work – rejuvenating towns and villages, the

lifeblood of rural Ireland.”

We have seen the impact of the economic collapse was particularly devastating on

rural Ireland. But now that the recovery is well under way, we welcome that it is now

being felt in my constituency of Longford/Westmeath.”

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