Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry has slammed the Housing Minister for concentrating solely on the cities in its latest rehash of the government’s housing plan.  Sites have been identified in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway for new home development – but there’s nothing on the cards for the North West.

Deputy Mac Sharry commented, “This is typical of this government’s lack of vision and complete dismissal of the regions.  This plan, which was first announced back in June, concentrates solely on the cities and leaves other urban areas, particularly in the North West, behind.

“I have consistently highlighted the need for investment in this region, but time and time again Ministers have turned a blind eye.  How are we to attract Foreign Direct Investment into the area when we don’t have the infrastructure to support it.

“Housing is one of the key factors that potential investors will look at and rents in the North West have risen by more than 6% in the past year.  This rate of increase is unsustainable and will do nothing to entice new business to the region. There needs to be an overarching strategy for the North West region to address the two-tier recovery which has been perpetrated by Fine Gael over the past 5 years.  Proper housing provision must be a key strand of this policy.

“Unfortunately the details of this latest plan make for grim reading for anyone living in the North West with only the cities making it on to the fast track planning list.  This is simply not good enough and will create major problems down the road.  This government needs to wake up to the seriousness of the situation here in the North West and put a strategy in place to increase investment and employment in the region”.