Minister McConalogue meets with the people of Roscommon

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue held his Working for Rural Ireland tour in Roscommon last week.

Minister McConalogue’s Fianna Fáil colleague in Roscommon, Senator Eugene Murphy, hosted the event in the Abbey Hotel on Tuesday 28th February. Minister McConalogue and Senator Murphy were joined by Fianna Fáil Senator Niall Blaney as well as local councillors and Roscommon Fianna Fáil.

With a packed crowd of over 100 people in attendance, Minister McConalogue and Senator Murphy outlined the strong work being carried out for farm families and rural dwellers across the country but particularly in Roscommon.

The Minister outlined how the Fianna Fáil-led government is investing rural housing and infrastructure. The Minister also spelled out how his work is supporting faming families through the new CAP which has record funding of €9.8bn, the flagship €1.5bn ACRES agri-environmental scheme, the new Suckler Cow scheme which will pay farmers €150/cow compared to €90/cow on the outgoing BDGP as well as a 500% increase in funding for Organics.

Speaking after the meeting, Minister McConalogue said: “I was delighted to be in Roscommon with Senator Murphy and the rest of the Fianna Fáil team. It was an excellent meeting with the audience highly engaged and knowledgeable on a range of key issues. I was pleased to be able to outline the work Fianna Fáil is doing in Government to support the people of rural Ireland in particular, the people of Roscommon.

“That is what my Working for Rural Ireland tour is all about. Listening to the voices on the ground and taking their comments, suggestions and ideas to help feed into national policy. I thank Senator Murphy for hosting me. He is an excellent Senator and does great work in the area.”

The Minister along with Senators Murphy and Aisling Dolan and other members from the meeting visited Lough Funshinagh before the meeting.