Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford James Browne has slammed the Draft Regional and Economic Spatial Strategy for the southern Region, which has completely excluded Enniscorthy.

The plan, which is part of the government’s Project Ireland 2040 programme, only includes Wexford and Gorey as “key towns” in its 12 year strategy.

Deputy Browne said, “This strategy, which seeks to set out a roadmap for economic and social investment in the south east region, is completely flawed.  The government plan completely overlooks major towns like Enniscorthy and New Ross.  What’s worse is that the strategy will be legally binding.

“If the plan is to proceed in its current form, there will be major employment and infrastructure gaps in certain parts of the county.  This will severely limit opportunities for these towns and will severely hamper any job and investment opportunities.

“I am baffled by the omission of Enniscorthy in the plan, considering that it’s the second largest town in the county with arguably the largest hinterland.  It’s the heart of Wexford, as well as being the best connected to Dublin and the regions.  It has direct links to Dublin, Rosslare, Waterford and to the Midlands and West via the N80 through Bunclody.

“A new technology park is currently under construction, which has the potential to cater for new and existing businesses.  The fact that the town has not even been included in the plan raises serious questions and demonstrates a lack of joined up thinking.

“This omission will deal a devastating blow to the town’s future and I am urging all interested parties to make a submission to ensure that this draft plan is changed and that major towns such as Enniscorthy and New Ross are included”, concluded Deputy Browne.