The Government is neglecting rural Ireland and the latest example is ‘evidence’ that towns in County Roscommon are not in line to be connected to the national grid to receive natural gas. That’s the view of Labour Party Councillor John Kelly who made a barely veiled criticism of local Minister Michael Finneran in the course of lamenting what he said was “very disappointing” news for towns like Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon and Strokestown. An Bord Gais conducted a cost analysis of 29 towns around the country – on whether it would be viable to connect them to the national grid – but only four were identified as being suitable in Phase 3 of the plan.
Cllr. Kelly said that the four towns deemed eligible all have ministers in their area. Referring to Minister Michael Finneran, he added: “There is no political power in Roscommon, it’s as simple as that.”