Thomas Pringle TD

Pringle calls for inclusion of Donegal in National Planning Framework

Thomas at NPF Athlone

 

A consultation event was held in Athlone last night and organised by a number of cross party rural TDs, highlighted the exclusion of rural Ireland in the upcoming National Planning Framework.

Speaking at the event and representing Donegal, Independent TD Thomas Pringle stated that “Donegal is at risk of being forgotten about by an entire generation if the Framework goes ahead as expected.

Deputy Pringle also stated that “Donegal won’t get another chance to change things until 2040 when the Framework timeframe ends. That’s an entire generation away so it’s crucial that the interests of Donegal and the North West are urgently heard at this point in time.

“It speaks volumes that Donegal and rural Ireland could be left out of the €115 billion earmarked for this Plan at a time when rural Ireland needs it most and has suffered so much at the hands of the current Government” says Pringle.

Deputy Pringle also said at the event that “Fine Gael chose to ignore rural Ireland. Its neglect of Donegal and other rural counties was a policy choice and it’s what we can expect so long as they continue to stay in Government. It now has a duty to answer to rural Ireland at a critical time in national planning.”

“We need a Framework which has a vision for rural Ireland yet the Government seems intent on underestimating the latent talent and potential that exists in counties like Donegal. An alternative Framework is required which could tap into the potential in rural Ireland and which could provide benefits to the rest of the country.”

“Why can’t it be the case that investing in rural Ireland is an investment for the rest of the country including the cities? The Government needs to start thinking through this alternative lens” concludes Pringle.

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