Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has slammed the decision of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar not to visit Swan Park or meet local community leaders while in Buncrana next Tuesday.
Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “This is a truly shocking decision. I can’t think of anywhere in Ireland where the leader of the country would visit and try to ignore the destruction of their most important community amenity in an 'act of God'.
“Worse it is now over a year since our beloved Swan Park was destroyed in the devastating floods from last August and despite repeated appeals, we still have no sign of government funding”.
“Leo Varadkar is treating the people of Buncrana and Inishowen with real contempt. The new bridge at Cockhill that he will officially open is testament to years of campaigning by our local community.
“Those local campaigners are the reason why we have this bridge.
“I am also really disappointed at our local Government Minister, Joe McHugh. What planet are they all living on to imagine that the people of Inishowen will be impressed with a photo opportunity at our new bridge while then driving past Swan Park to another photo opportunity?
“This decision will only renew the determination of the people of Buncrana and Inishowen to rebuild Swan Park. Just like the campaigners for the bridge at Cockhill, we will not be going away until the Government accept their responsibilities and fund these works.”
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