Inishowen has potential for growth, development and jobs was the strong message given by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin during his visit to Carndonagh this week.
Arriving in the baking sun to a large crowd of loyal Fianna Fail supporters on Wednesday evening for the opening of Deputy Charlie McConalogue’s constituency office, the Cork man said he was taken aback by the number of people who came out for the launch.
“It is heartening to see large numbers for the opening of the constituency office, especially the number of younger people and children. The sense of community very evident and I’m very pleased by that.”
The Fianna Fail leader said although he understands the difficulties in getting inward investment in the area he believes you need to get in behind local owned companies to give them the support to grow and develop jobs in Inishowen.
“I think the future has to be to work on the local and indigenous resources here to build industries and businesses from them and to work on areas such as tourism, food, horticulture, and other areas to try and develop employment. Tourism is a big one for the area, but there are some good indigenous companies here that are quite effective.
“Ultimately I think the potential is there, but you just can’t put your eggs all in one basket you need to maybe pick three or four key sectors where you could develop employment.”
However on developing the fisheries industry further in Inishowen, the TD believes more needs to be done.
“Fianna Fail have put a lot of investment into Greencastle in the past in both education and the fishing side, but more needs to be done. We’ve some difficult negotiations with Europe at the moment, but I think the fishing sector is local and will bring wealth into the area.”
As a keen GAA fan, the Cork man believes Donegal could be in for a win in the Ulster Final on Sunday.
“Derry are good this year, but they’ve lost Bradley due to injury so it could be anyones on the day. The full forward, Murphy, could turn it for you, I think he is pure class”