The importance of upgrading the infrastructure of Letterkenny and Donegal was highlighted to An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, when he paid a brief visit to Letterkenny today.

Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson stressed the need to upgrade the main road from Letterkenny to Lifford and the link into the A5 from Derry to Aughnacloy which has been eamarked for upgrading - although the project has been the subject of numerous delays.

"We would urge you do do whatever you can to make this a reality," he told those gathered in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny, where Mr. Varadkar was the guest of honour, and guest speaker.

Mr. Watson also reiterated calls for a new bridge over the River Swilly (locally referred to as the Bonagee Link) and the planned bypass of Ballybofey and Stranorlar.

He also spoke of how local businesses have had to battle with the challenges caused by the weakness of sterling, and the continuing concerns over Brexit.

Emphasising the need for sustainable growth and a change from "boom or bust" cycle, Mr Varadkar outlined a number of priorities to drive development.

This includes better management of public finances and reducing the national debt; raising living standards; reducing the cost of access to childcare, education and healthcare; achieving full employment; investing in public infrastructure (including housing), modernising the public sector; and developing new long term funding mechanisms.

Regarding Brexit, he warned that whatever happens some of the new trading and security partnerships could take years to negotiate.

Chamber Vice-President Jimmy Stafford told Mr. Varadkar that the Chamber members "will rise to the challenge" if he (An Taoiseach) delivered on infrastructure.

He also called on Mr. Varadkar to "stand your ground" on Brexit, given Donegal's particular exposure to changes ahead, not least due to its geographical location.

Photo: An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is welcomed to Letterkenny by Letterkenny Chamber Chief Executive, Toni Forrester.

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