Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming has said the approval of the Rural Development Programme by the European Commission will allow the Minister to tackle inequalities throughout rural communities.
“The approval of £623 million in the latest Rural Development Programme will allow the Minister to continue of her strategy of bringing equality and prosperity to rural communities right across the North.
“The money will be used for job creation, training, infrastructure, education, cross border opportunities and developing the farming and agri-food sectors.
“This programme will allow the Minister to continue to develop the rural economy with increased infrastructure such as high speed broadband, better transport links and
“It will also help tackle social isolation and support young and older people’s needs leading to a better quality of life by creating new sporting and training facilities.
“Money will also be directed towards farmers and the agri-food sector in other to develop and protect the industry by opening up new markets especially building on cross border opportunities.
“This is the largest amount of money accrued for the Rural Development Programme and the Minister needs to be congratulated for her hard work and perseverance in fighting for the rights of the rural communities in the North and I look forward to working with the Minister through the DARD committee to see the programme rolled out in the months and years ahead.”