Dublin is bursting at the seems and the West and the North West of Ireland has to fight for more investment.
Former Tanaiste and EU Commissioner Ray MacSharry called for more investment in infrastructure in the North West last night.
He was speaking at a special civic reception hosted by the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Seamus Kilgannon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Regional Veterinary Lab at Dunally.
But in fact the event was a good opportunity to highlight the importance of the lab which has an important role to play in preventing disease in animals and therefore is a vital service for farmers in the North West and around the country.
The Cathaoirleach says they hope to highlight the importance of the lab:
Asked by Ocean FM News as a former government Minister, Tanaiste and EU Commissioner what he felt was the most important way to help rural Ireland now as people face spiralling house prices and long commutes to work – he said that more investment is key.
And he has laid the challenge clearly at the door of local politicians like his son Marc and the three other TDs in Sligo Leitrim and the rest of the North and West to take action:
His words were well received as the lab in Dunally is just one service under threat with campaigns to retain post offices, bus services and much more frequently underway in rural counties.
Head of the IFA in Sligo JP Cowley says his words are welcome and he hopes those in authority in Dublin take note: