Donegal issues to the fore as new Cathaoirleach meets Taoiseach

Mica, men’s health and skills shortages were top of the agenda during a meeting between Donegal’s newly elected Cathaoirleach Cllr Martin Harley and An Taoiseach this week.

Cllr Martin Harley held a two hour meeting with Leo Varadkar in Government Buildings on Tuesday evening.

Councillor Harley, who was first elected in 2009, was elected Mayor of Donegal in June, and outlined his main priorities for his term:

“Men’s health will be a big focus of mine. I want to run an event with the HSE to raise awareness on men’s health issues and get them to talk more about it and see their GP sooner rather than too late.

“I also want to promote apprenticeships in conjunction with the Donegal ETB of which I am a board member to increase the skills needed in the country at the moment.

“Another big focus for me at a council level is the Mica here in Donegal. I strongly believe addressing and resolving the issue is of paramount importance.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “I had a good two-hour meeting with Councillor Harley in Government Buildings on Tuesday evening to discuss the issues that matter to the people of Donegal. The meeting gave Councillor Harley the opportunity to raise these issues directly with me. I committed to Councillor Harley to work on these issues.

“The need for more funding this year for local and regional road maintenance, a top up allocation for the Local Improvement Scheme and, in the coming years, funding to advance new road projects that are delayed, the urgent need to service much more land for housing were raised at the meeting. On energy security and climate, they impressed on me the need to increase aid to farmers, schools, community buildings and businesses to install solar panels and become energy efficient.

“I look forward to working with Councillor Harley and visiting Donegal during his term as Cathaoirleach.”

Thirteen Fine Gael Councillors have been elected as the first citizen of their county in recent months. Each of the mayors were invited to meet with their party leader, Leo Varadkar, this week.

Donegal issues to the fore as new Cathaoirleach meets Taoiseach was last modified: July 7th, 2023 by Rachel McLaughlin