first_imgFine Gael in Inishowen have held one of their largest District Meetings in many years.Minister Joe McHughA number of key issues were discussed at the meeting.Minister of State, Joe McHugh, attended the meeting and here he outlines the issues he says are being addressed locally on the Peninsula. “We had a very positive Fine Gael district meeting this week, with one of the largest turnouts in years, with thorough discussions taking place on key issues that people in Inishowen are focused on and what the priorities are for people in the area – the dominant theme being issues that affect rural Ireland.“There is no doubt that Cockhill Bridge is a priority issue, and I informed those present that a deputation from Donegal will be meeting with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, on the 1 April 2015. That deputation will include officials from Donegal County Council and Councillors and it will be an opportunity to highlight directly with the Minister how great the need is for investment on a new bridge.“There was a presentation from members of Young Fine Gael on broadband and the importance of broadband in rural Ireland. I recently had a meeting with Enet, the company which operates the Irish State’s Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) which has become known as regional Ireland’s fibre optic infrastructure, the purpose of that meeting was to highlight the potential of the existing MANs network in Carndonagh and Buncrana. I am also working closely with my colleague, Minister Alex White, on the National Broadband Plan and ensuring that the plan has a key focus on rural areas.“During the district meeting this week, I outlined a number of projects I have been working with the local community on, including: having Minister Paudie Coffey visit Inishowen where he met with members of the MICA Action Group and visited a number of houses, this is an issue officials in my own Department of Natural Resources, the Geographical Survey of Ireland (GSI) team are assisting on, working closely with officials from the Department of Environment; ongoing engagement with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney, on much needed upgrades to Greencastle Harbour and Bunagee Pier; the meeting with Minister Coveney’s officials and a number of farmers earlier this year to highlight concerns of commonage farmers; working closely with both Failte Ireland and Minister Paschal Donohoe on the importance of investment at Malin Head, even more so than ever now it is a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way. “I acknowledged the years of service and personal sacrifice made by both “Black” Mickey Doherty and Peter “The Egg” McLaughlin to the party and their respective communities. I thanked both Councillors Bernard McGuinness and John Ryan for their ongoing and continuous hard work and efforts, their commitment to their communities is a credit to both of them and the work they are doing on the ground is invaluable. I also acknowledged and commended the party members for all their hard and tireless work over the years, there is a great team of people involved in Inishowen.“There was a firm call on the night for more regular meetings and it was agreed that an AGM evening would be arranged for mid May 2015. I want to thank Chairman Paddy Gordon for chairing such a positive meeting and for all his work as Chairman.”FINE GAEL MEET TO ADDRESS KEY ISSUES ACROSS INISHOWEN was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fine GaelInishowenlast_img

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