Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael Deputy, Gabrielle McFadden, said Fine Gael will continue to put in place measures to revitalise rural Ireland during a second term of government so that the recovery is felt inside every doorstep, in every community across Westmeath.
“Rural Ireland is alive but is changing. Fine Gael will ensure that rural Ireland is supported, so that it can achieve its full potential.
“We will continue to invest in agriculture, jobs and broadband right across Westmeath. We will work with local authorities and local action groups to ensure that total LEADER funding of almost €7.4m delivers the maximum possible benefit for communities throughout the country.
“Almost €60m in payments has been delivered to Westmeath farmers under various schemes between 2014 and 2015 while €78m has been invested in regional and local roads in the county since 2011.
“We are determined to spread the recovery throughout Westmeath and Fine Gael is backing this up with a plan to deliver high-speed broadband to every home and business in Ireland.
“Fine Gael is also very committed to keeping post offices at the heart of rural Ireland and recommendations from the business review group will support local post offices right across Westmeath into the future.”