Letterkenny House Speaker Kristine Reynolds said yesterday’s meeting with the Taoiseach gave them the opportunity to highlight the difficulties faced by many businesses and households in Donegal.
Representatives of the Londonderry and Letterkenny Chambers of Commerce met An Taoiseach Micheál Martin in Letterkenny yesterday, Friday. The meeting was organized by TCS, Letterkenny Global Delivery Center during a visit to Letterkenny.
Letterkenny House Businesses have urged the Taoiseach to address the housing crisis, do more to support employees and families affected by the bad block scheme and ensure financial support is in place to enable Letterkenny and Donegal to live up to its growth ambitions.
Ms Kristine Reynolds said: “Ahead of the September Budget, we stressed to the Taoiseach the importance of regional balance in delivering services to communities in the North West region. Letterkenny Chamber is committed to playing its part in achieving its ambitious growth goals with county and regional stakeholders. Supporting our members’ priorities in terms of infrastructure, connectivity, skills and education is crucial to help us achieve our full potential. We view the Shared Island initiative as a substantial opportunity for continued cross-border work and collaboration to create a thriving North West region of the city. »
Speaking after the meeting, Londonderry Chamber Speaker Aidan O’Kane said: “It was a constructive meeting and an opportunity to raise long standing demands in Derry and Donegal for greater rail connectivity , road and air transport with the rest of the island and other key economic markets, the Irish government’s commitments to Magee’s expansion and taxation of cross-border workers.
“The cost of living and cost of doing business crises are also common challenges for businesses on both sides of the border, and today’s engagement was a timely opportunity to highlight these pressures to the Taoiseach and to “urge his government to do all they can to help facilitate the return of the executive. As we have seen to date, cross-border collaboration is key to addressing the challenges facing our members while working to maximizing the economic potential of the Northwest region. We look forward to continued fencing work over the coming months.”
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