Progress of Rural Needs Bill welcomed

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Friday, November 20th, 2015
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Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has welcomed the progress of the Rural Needs Bill to protect the rights of people living in rural areas.
Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

The South Armagh representative said the move would be particularly welcome in her own constituency. “I welcome the fact that Sinn Féin Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has moved the Rural Needs Bill in the Assembly to safeguard the needs of rural communities,” she told Newry Times. “This bill will ensure that rural proofing would become a statutory duty before the end of this Assembly mandate. Having rural proofing in legislation would mean that councils and executive departments would have a duty to consider the needs of rural citizens when forming policies. “I look forward to further progress of this bill which, if passed, would mean the Assembly would be the first government to build rural proofing into legislation,” Fearon added.  

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