Cllr McGinley welcomes introduction of Rural Proofing Bill

Cllr McGinley welcomes introduction of Rural Proofing Bill

Sinn Féin Councillor Ronan McGinley has welcomed the first stage introduction of Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s ‘Rural Needs Bill’ which will protect the rights of people living in rural areas. 
Councillor McGinley said “I welcome the fact that Sinn Féin agriculture minister Michelle O’Neill has moved the Rural Needs Bill in the Assembly to safeguard the needs of rural communities. 
“This bill will ensure that rural proofing becomes a statutory duty before the end of this Assembly mandate. This will mean that the Mid Ulster District Council, and other councils and executive departments, will have a statutory duty to consider the needs of rural citizens when forming policies. 
“I look forward to further progress of this bill which, if passed, will mean delivery on the ground for areas such as the Loughshore, including Moortown, Ardboe and Stewartstown. Rural proofing will ensure infrastructure policies and strategies should be treated with equity. Rural proofing will result in improvements in our road network, mobile coverage and broadband to name a few”.
Cllr McGinley cont’d “This is further evidence of Sinn Féin’s commitment to safeguarding the rights of rural citizens and making sure they have access to services.”