West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Rural Development Programme will proceed as planned-McNally

Published: 29 June, 2016

Mid-Tyrone Sinn Fein Councillor Barry Mc Nally has moved to provide assurances that the Rural Development Programme (RDP) will be proceeding as planned following concerns and uncertainty expressed by many local stakeholders about the status of the Programme in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

The local councillor who sits on the Local Action Group which has been charged with administering the Programme in the Omagh and Fermanagh District area said,

"This District area has an allocation of £8.29m funding from overall budget of almost £70m Priority 6 Budget allocations under the Rural Development Programme 2014-20 announced by former Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill.

"In recent days concerns have been expressed to me and other elected representatives as to the status of the RDP and uncertainty whether the Programme would continue as planned in the aftermath of the EU Brexit vote.

"Given this I think it is important to move to calm fears about this and to provide re-assurance that this money has been already allocated and is not in jeopardy.

"This Programme is vital in helping to tackle issues like rural poverty, improving rural infrastructure, supporting business development, basic services, the renewal of villages and activities aimed at the restoration and upgrading of the cultural and natural heritage of rural areas." ENDS