Doherty in Inishowen to
DONEGAL Senator Pearse
Doherty was in Inishowen yesterday to gather local
views for his Oireachtas report on rejuvenating the
The Sinn Féin senator visited Carndonagh and
Buncrana to speak to Inishowen Development
Partnership on its programme for rural, community
and economic development.
His report is entitled: "What is required to develop
the counties along the west coast of Ireland, both
in economic and social terms?"
It is part of a wider Sinn Féin campaign called 'The
"I have secured the agreement of the Oireachtas
committee on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
to complete a report on what is required to develop
the counties along the west coast of Ireland, in
economic and social terms," he explained.
"The report will
identify infrastructure and public service
deficiencies; the impediments to job creation;
potential sectors for development and initiatives
and interventions required to revitalise the region.
This will be an important tool in promoting within
the Oireachtas how government must urgently address
the imbalance in the state's regional development."
Senator Doherty's final report will work in tandem
with that of his colleague Deputy Martin Ferris who
is examing the issues from the fishing and farming
"For too long the west
of Ireland has been neglected. While other regions
enjoyed the fruits of the Celtic Tiger, the west was
in decline. It is time for the communities to stand
together, to agree a common platform and begin the
fight back for the west of Ireland," added Senator