Murphy welcomes £16 million rural poverty fund

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy has welcomed the launch of the ‘Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation’ programme by Department of Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill. Speaking to Newry Times, Mr Murphy stated, “This programme will inject up to £16million into the rural economy in tackling disadvantage and providing training and improving infrastructure. It is important that the lives of rural dwellers are improved and that they have the same access to facilities as those people who live in urban environments.” “This programme will begin to address some of the inequalities that currently exist for people in rural areas. The package includes improving access to transport, a benefit awareness scheme as well as specific programmes aimed at youth and older people. There is also a health check programme that will allow people to monitor their health without having to travel miles to do so. Many of these programmes are being rolled out in conjunction with other departments and agencies and will improve the lives of many people in rural areas,” he continued. Murphy added, “I welcome this initiative and look forward to seeing it rolled out across the North in the weeks and months ahead.”
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