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Government's treatment of Donegal "appalling" - McConalogue 08.01.14

DONEGAL County Council will receive less than €9.5 million this year for road projects - down by over €10 million from Donegal’s allocation of €19.5 million in 2011.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue condemned the dramatic reduction and said it was "yet another example of the Government’s disregard for the needs of Donegal communities".
“Once again Donegal has lost out on its fair share of central funding for vital infrastructure projects. The further reduction in funding for road projects in Donegal this year means we are down €2 million on last year. That’s €12 million less than the allocation in 2012 and €10 million less than the allocation in 2011,” explained Deputy McConalogue.
Donegal North East TD, Charlie McConalogue.
“The irony is that Donegal is in greater need of investment in transport infrastructure than most other counties in this country. As if it wasn’t enough that the funding commitments to the crucial A5 Derry to Aughnacloy project were revoked due to a lack of political will, other smaller but important road projects here will now go undone this year because Donegal County Council has not been given a fair allocation of central funding.
“Why is it that Donegal is consistently expected to bear the brunt of cuts to local services and supports?" he asked. Meanwhile, he said there had been a dramatic reduction in IDA visits to Donegal over the past two years while other regions had benefited from increased IDA support.
“Donegal seems to be on the wrong end of a two-tier recovery in this country. We hear about a recovery in Dublin, but there are less jobs, less services and less supports in Donegal. People and communities are suffering. The Government’s treatment of Donegal communities has been appalling. We need to start seeing the Government representatives in Donegal stand up for this county and ensure that it gets its fair share of investment," added the Gleneely-based TD.
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