Sunday 19 November 2017

European project is key to our future

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

I wonder where your correspondent S O'Rourke has been for the last 30 years (Letters, January 6). He must have never spoken to any members of the farming community or had to drive from Dublin to Galway before the motorways were completed.

This journey can now be completed in two hours --prior to the motorway it could take a half day. Surely he would have seen the signs all over the place stating that this project was being funded by the European Union.

Being members of the EU has made farming viable and sustainable for a large section of the population. It has also been a key factor in our foreign direct investment programme. Irish students can now benefit from the Erasmus programme which gives them a wonderful opportunity to acquire another language and cultural enrichment.

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