Galway East TD and Minister for Rural Affairs has welcomed the launch of the Spatial and Economic Strategy 2020-2032 as a key strategic plan for the North West region, including Galway.
The North West Regional Assembly is responsible for the planning and social development for counties including Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan.
Minister Canney said: “The spatial and economic strategy is very important for the region, regional development and sets the tone for local authorities in preparing their county and local area plans.
“I welcome in particular Objective RPO 6.13, which specifies delivery of the Athenry-Tuam-Claremorris-Sligo rail line to an appropriate level of service and to a standard that would be capable of facilitating passenger and freight transport.
“This objective copper fastens the protection of the existing railway line for future use.
“I also welcome the Strategy’s support for greenways as an economic driver and I again restate my belief that we can deliver both rail infrastructure and complementary greenways for the region.
“As chair of the Atlantic Economic Corridor Task Force, I want to acknowledge the work of the Assembly’s Director, David Minton and his team in producing this very important document to help deliver regional development and growth.
“I also want to acknowledge the work of the Assembly’s chair, Councillor Declan McDonnell, and all the members for their work on behalf of the region.

Note to the Editor
The North West Spatial and Economic Strategy 2020-2032 is available at the following link:


For more information, contact Minister Canney on 086-2513639
June 19 2020