Kerrane welcomes €217m stimulus package for West and North-West

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Rural Development, Claire Kerrane TD, has welcomed the announcement that a €217m stimulus package will be provided for the West and North-West Region. Provided through the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), the package is aimed at supporting regional development schemes in the region.
The Roscommon/Galway TD said: “I very much welcome the announcement of €217m investment to support regional development schemes across the West and North-West region.
“The announcement follows a report from the European Commission this year, which downgraded the Region for a second time to a lagging Region. This signalled concern that the Region has become significantly less well off, relative to the European average, over recent years.
“The Region, which includes counties Galway, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Monaghan and Mayo, was downgraded to a ‘Region in Transition’ in 2019 by the European Commission before being downgraded again this year. It is the only Region in the State to be classified in this way.
“Challenges identified as rationale for downgrading the Region include lower productivity and educational attainment, as well as a weaker skills base and business environment in the region.
“Sinn Féin has previously called for urgent investment in the region, to prevent damage to economic and social wellbeing in the West and North-West. The Northern and Western Regional Assembly have done excellent work in showing exactly what needs to be done to regain our Developed status, and this (funding) is a really positive development”.