Taoiseach Addresses Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce
The Taoiseach visited Donegal yesterday (11th September) and included in his visit the Letterkenny Chamber President's Lunch .
Speaking to an audience of 160 people drawn for the membership of Letterkenny Chamber and the wider business community the Taoiseach responded favourably to the Chamber requests for the governement to deliver on important pieces of roads infrastructure that will help letterkenny achieve its ambitions.
In the first address of the event Leonard Watson outlined the Chamber Member priorities particularly the TenT Strategic Roads Project and the A5/N2. All Chamber members are unified by the need for roads linking Donegal to Dublin. This area is lagging behind other regions and vastly improved infrastructure will be a game changer.
The Chamber President also outlined the need for the retention of the 9% Vat rate for the hospitality industry and urged the Taoiseach to remain steadfast in his call for no hardening of the border during this crucial phase of Brexit negotiations.
Leonard acknowledged the work of the Councils on either side of the border who have developed the NW Strategic Growth Partnership recognising that this City Region is the way forward and is supported by The Chamber and all other key stakeholders.
The Chamber supported by its members who were in attendance encouraged the Taoiseach with a very positive view and assured him that the private sector will step up to the mark to realise our vision for Letterkenny.
The Taoiseach responded by assuring members that the National Planning Framework and National Development Plan were realistic and deliverable and that he was committed to balanced regional development.
He understood the impact a bad Brexit would have on the North West and showed a genuine understanding of Donegal's unique position.
The positive nature of the event left the Taoiseach with an impression of a unified, strong and resilient business community that needs and wants to deliver on it's ambitions to ensure the North West becomes a net contributor to the economy.