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Taoiseach visits North West 04.04.22

AN Taoiseach Micheál Martin was in Derry on Friday to attend a meeting of the North West Regional Development Group to hear at first-hand the positive impact the Fund is having on regional growth across the North West City Region and the need for continued support from his Government to maintain the collaborative approach to developing the region on both sides of the border.
Those attending the meeting heard about the ongoing collaborative approach by Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council and their strategic partners in the region and in central government to delivering economic growth and investment, environmental, social and community cohesion for the region.

The Taoiseach heard a special message from Moville Community College principal Anthony Doogan, who spoke about the positive impact that investment in the school has had in the local area, and his aspirations in terms of enhancing third level education opportunities for school leavers on both sides of the border in the North West.
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin was welcomed by An Leas-Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Martin McDermott and the Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Alderman Graham Warke.
The meeting allowed the group to directly discuss with the Taoiseach and officials of the Irish Government a range of regional priorities for the region and a range of options for scaling up co-operation and development work between local and central government on both sides of the border.

Delegates attending the meeting heard how, with the Irish Government's continued support and working within the framework of North South Co-operation, the cross-border North West City Region has the potential to drive innovation, create jobs and become a net contributor to a sustainable and balanced regional economy on the island of Ireland.
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin at the Guildhall with members of the North West Regional Development Group.
Members attending the meeting re-emphasised to the Taoiseach the key priorities for the region and the important role the Irish Government has to play in supporting the efforts to improve road, air, rail and sea connectivity of the region and in supporting sustainable 'green' growth.

The importance of the City of Derry Airport and the need for better connectivity between Derry and Dublin was also reiterated, while An Taoiseach was reminded of the need to enhance university and third level education provision including the improvement of job and skills opportunities, as well as increased investment in tourism and innovation that would ultimately improve the physical, mental health and well-being of those living in the region as a key component of a sustainable economy.
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