Monday 21 October 2019

Midlands ‘transition commissioner’ position necessary to 'filter' requests from local communities to Government - Bruton

Minister for Communiations Richard Bruton TD during Budget 2020 Press conference
Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Minister for Communiations Richard Bruton TD during Budget 2020 Press conference Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Communications Minister Richard Bruton says that a new special ‘transition commissioner‘ for the Midlands is necessary to “filter” requests from local communities into government.

”I want someone there with a direct link to me in government so I can develop policy across the whole programme for government,” he said. “We need to make sure we are identifying the issues and to have someone on the ground talking to local groups and filtering their ideas so we can embed them into government policy.”

Mr Bruton said that the new commissioner’s salary has not yet been decided. However, he defended the paid position, saying that it would be a “tiny commitment of expenditure” that would ensure there is “liaison” between the government and community groups.

“It’s important that community groups feel that they have an opportunity to shape responses,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Finance Minister Paschal Donoghue said that creating the role of a Midlands commissioner was part of a response to the demise of ESB and Born Na Mona fossil fuel plants in the region.

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