Budget: ‘Action Plan now needed’

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Thomas Cooney has described proposals to increase Garda numbers and expenditure on rural broadband, and the extension of the home renovation incentive, start your own business relief and capital allowances for energy efficient equipment to sole traders including farmers, as “important measures for rural Ireland which must be supported by real action on the ground.”

  Thomas Cooney said: “Each of these measures announced in the Budget can begin the important process of re-energising rural Ireland. However, this can only take place if Government fast-tracks the publication of their proposed Action Plan for Rural Ireland.”