Longford needs to hold onto its educated youth

Education access is important to Longford

Jessica Thompson

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Longford needs to hold onto its educated youth

Longford needs to hold onto its educated youth

Longford has a lot to offer from an education point of view and needs to do absolutely everything it can to ensure its young, educated people don't leave the county to find work elsewhere, according to Cllr Gerry Hagan.

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Cllr Hagan was speaking at the recent special meeting of Longford County Council and EMRA to discuss the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy.

“We have valuable education access here and we have good links established with AIT, Sligo IT, GMIT and Castlebar, as well as a lot of our students who go to Dublin colleges,” he said.

“But to draw together this from a connectivity point both infrastructurally, the roads and train services, we’re not very well capable here. As well as the broadband. We need huge improvements here to develop this and to get our young people back to show them the quality of life.

“Our young educated people are travelling abroad for work and going to the cities, attracted by the bright lights. But we need to show what we have on offer here in Longford.

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“We have improved and continue to improve our sporting and recreation facilities here in Longford,” he added.

“And the Mall, and other services like Longford Slashers GAA and the Mullinalaghtas whose name is on the lips of everyone in the world.

“So if we can get our infrastructure improved, we can enhance greatly people’s lives here in Longford,” Clllr Hagan concluded.