Minister for Agriculture visits Roscommon

Cllr Paschal Fitmaurice, Senator Eugene Murphy, Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine Charlie McConalogue, Padraig Burke, and Senator Neil Blaney pictured at the Working for Rural Ireland event in the Abbey Hotel on Tuesday evening. Pic: Michelle Hughes Walsh

Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine Charlie McConalogue visited Lough Funshinagh, where he met with local families affected by flooding on Tuesday last before taking part in a public discussion at the Abbey Hotel.

Expressing his satisfaction with the Minister’s visit, Senator Eugene Murphy said: “I was delighted to accompany the Minister to Rahara where he was shown the devastation caused to farmland by the flooding associated with Lough Funshinagh.

“Minister McConalogue engaged with many local families in the area and commented that seeing the situation first hand gave him a real appreciation of the challenges and hardship faced by local residents.

“The local people had an opportunity to express their frustration at the recent court decision that prevented planned remedial works taking place”.

Later on Tuesday evening, Minister McConalogue took part in a wider public discussion at the Abbey Hotel, where there were over 100 people in attendance including local councillors.

“This type of local engagement with senior politicians is vital for progress in our county and is something that I have sought and encouraged over the lifetime of this Government as Spokesperson on Community and Rural Affairs,” Senator Murphy said.

“I look forward to hosting similar events with other colleagues in the coming months”.