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Marc praises the Council planners


Deputy Marc MacSharry. Pic: Tom Burke

Deputy Marc MacSharry. Pic: Tom Burke

Deputy Marc MacSharry. Pic: Tom Burke


Council planners and Fianna Fáil Minister Darragh O'Brien has been praised by local TD Marc MacSharry for the €48m funding boost for Sligo.

"In working with Minister O'Brien since last summer and in particular in the course of the last six months I am personally delighted that we have been successful in securing maximum support under the URDF scheme for these major projects.

"I want to thank Minister O'Brien for listening and embracing the vision and belief that I and all of us in Sligo share in our potential as the growth capital of the North West region," said Deputy MacSharry.

He also went on to pay tribute to Sligo County Council for planning the projects which are now the subject of funding.

"I would like to particularly pay tribute to Sligo County Council's Director of Services, Dorothy Clarke, Frank Moylan and the planning team.

"The vision and capability that they showed made our jobs as politicians much easier in making the case to secure what is likely to be among the largest allocations under the URDF scheme outside the nation's largest cities.

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"It finally underpins a level of commitment to Sligo's potential by the Government of the day. Recognition, Sligo is entitled to, deserves and has waited for very many years to achieve,

"The Mayor Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady and all the members of Sligo Municipal Council area and the broader County Council can be rightly proud of their efforts through the years which have all too often be neglected by Central Government.

"We must press ahead now to draw down these resources, complete the projects and focus on the many other needs of our City and other county towns to maximise allocations available under a variety of national schemes to assist us as we strive to reach our potential.

This is great news, but we must build momentum and capitalise on all opportunities available to us. This will continue to be my focus in my work nationally in co-operation with Sligo County Council and all stakeholders throughout our city, county and region," concluded MacSharry.