Council for the West wants minister to oversee implementation of CEDRA

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There is speculation that one Junior Minister will be given specific responsibility for rural development, an indication being welcomed by the Council for the West.

It's issued a statement calling on the Government to implement, as a matter of extreme urgency, the recommendations made by a commission established to promote economic development in rural areas.

The report by the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas which was chaired by Pat Spillane, features a 38-point strategy to guide medium-term economic development in rural areas for the next 10 years.

Council for the West Chairperson Sean Hannick says the full attention of a minister is needed to convert ideas into action...........