Achievements of rural Ireland and Granard need to be kept alive, says local councillor

Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy needs to recognise the value of rural Longford's achievements

Jessica Thompson


Jessica Thompson


Cllr PJ Reilly

Cllr PJ Reilly

Longford has a lot to offer and should not be left behind when it comes to Project Ireland 2040.

That's according to Granard Municipal District's Cllr PJ Reilly who listed off the assets that exist in the north Longford town at the recent special meeting to discuss the RSES.

“It’s towns like Granard that are being neglected and left out. And we have to say we are proud to have two national businesses in Granard,” said Cllr Reilly.

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“We have Pat the Baker - one of the largest bakeries in the country who bake 1.2 million loaves a week. And you can buy Pat the Baker’s bread in any town or country shop anywhere in Ireland, and also out in New York - there’s Pat the Baker bread there.

“This is what rural Ireland can achieve,” he said, before acknowledging the other major business located in Granard: Kiernan Milling.

“But we have to look at the achievement of Mullinalaghta from a GAA perspective,” he continued.

“That is another example of what rural Ireland can achieve.

“It’s very, very important that these things are kept alive and these things are kept active. It’s as important to us down here as if we were above in the suburbs.”

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