Young Fine Gael welcomes the Action Plan for Rural Development announced by Minister Heather Humphreys today. While the economic recovery has been bearing fruit in our towns and cities, much of rural Ireland is still waiting to feel its full effects. By revitalising 600 towns and villages through, among other measures, the accelerated roll-out of high-speed broadband, a €50 million investment in sports and cultural facilities, and a commitment to a more responsive rural Garda service, the Action Plan will translate the recovery into tangible benefits for rural communities.
The President of Young Fine Gael, Marian O'Donnell, said; "The measures contained in today's Action Plan represent a massive Government effort to bring the benefits of the economic recovery to bear on rural Ireland. Young Fine Gael, and especially our Policy & Campaigns, and Agricultural & Rural Affairs committees, has campaigned long and hard on the problems facing rural Ireland. In particular, we are delighted and impressed to see the announcement of concrete Government action to involve young people in policies relating to the planning and development of rural communities as part of the National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-making 2015-2020. On top of this are measures to increase young people's post-secondary school options through the boosting of the standards and quality of apprenticeships and training, a commitment to promote STEM participation for young people, and the enactment of the Technical Universities Bill. We are glad to see the Government has put youth interest to the fore of this initiative."
The YFG North-West Regional Organiser and Chair of our Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, David McLaughlin, remarked, "We are delighted to see a number of the proposals we brought to Government in our policy document included in this action plan. There is huge potential for growth in rural Ireland, and with investment in young people and infrastructure, rural Ireland will become a more attractive place for people to live and work. We look forward to working with Government in implementing this plan to ensure young peoples' voices are heard."
See our most recent policy document from the Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee:
The Action Plan for Rural Develpment: