‘£227m investment is a commitment to South Down’ – Ruane

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Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said that the news that Agricultural Minister Michelle O’Neill has invested nearly £227.5m in rural projects in South Down indicates her commitment to bringing equality into rural areas, improve the conditions for farmers and the fishing community and help tackle poverty. Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said, “In response to a question to the minister of Agriculture Michelle O’Neill I have discovered that the Department has spent over £227.5m in the South Down area. “Not only has the Minister shown a commitment by funding many projects but she has also worked in partnership with farmers and the fishing community to help improve their industries including setting up the office dealing with fishing. “Delivering services such as mains water and access to high speed broadband as well as health and education programmes are just some of the projects that are being implemented through this funding. Ruane added, “I welcome the commitment by the Minister to tackle poverty and bring equality to rural areas of South Down and look forward to working with her in developing other strategies to bring this about.”
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