ICMSA warns housing is the most pressing issue for government

The President of ICMSA, has said that the farming and rural community will certainly judge the Government’s commitment to rural Ireland by its policy on building new homes.

Amongst other factors the attitude displayed in the National Planning Framework 2040 towards the building of new family homes in rural areas is vital according to Pat McCormack.

In a statement today the head of the Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Association said the problem is more acute than the problems with connectivity and infrastructure.

He says it’s leading to an overall decline in economic activity in rural areas while simultaneously farming and rural families are unable to get planning permission for dwellings in rural areas and accelerating that economic loss.

Mr McCormack says the government must not make building house in rural areas anymore restrictive.

The statement comes as the Cabinet is set to discuss the National Planning Framework in Leinster House tonight.