The government’s Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities is visiting County Sligo today to see various community projects supported by his department.
Minister Joe O Brien is being hosted by Sligo LEADER Partnership and Sligo Local Community Development Committee.
The minister is a native of Cork and represents the Dublin Fingal constituency.
Among his stops in Sligo today are Ballymote Day Centre and Sligo Leader’s new office at the Hanson Building at Doorly Park in Sligo town.
This afternoon Minister O Brien will be in Cranmore, where he will visit Cranmore Community Garden, later going on to Sligo Northside Community Centre, and Sligo Rover’s Outdoor Museum at The Showgrounds.
Minister O Brien began his visit in Geevagh this morning for the reopening of the Men’s Shed group there, following the Covid restrictions, where he spoke to Ocean FM News:
Minister O Brien’s visit to Sligo comes on the same day as the Climate Change Advisory Council announced it had finalised two five-year carbon budgets, which seek to reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 51% within a decade.
Many farmers are deeply concerned about the new targets, particularly suckler farmers in the north west.
Minister O Brien’s final stop-off this afternoon is a visit to the farm of Trevor Boland, near Dromard in west Sligo
The minister told Ocean FM News he comes from a small farm himself and acknowledges the worry of farmers.