Colreavy welcomes the announcement by Teagasc that their office in Manorhamilton will stay open.

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo/North Leitrim has welcomed the announcement by Teagasc that their office in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, will not close. Deputy Colreavy attended today’s meeting of the Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture. The meeting was addressed by Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc and Dr. Tom Kelly, Director of Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc. There was an assurance given at the meeting by Teagasc that the Manorhamilton Teagasc office would not close under Phase 2 of closures.

Commenting after the meeting, Deputy Colreavy said “I welcome the announcement by Teagasc that their office in Manorhamilton will stay open. The office provides excellent facilities and staff to the local rural community. It serves a large area of the North West including North Sligo, North Leitrim, South Donegal and South West Cavan. The retention of the Teagasc office is essential as otherwise farmers could be forced to travel over an hour to avail of the services from other offices.”

“At a time when agriculture is providing much needed revenue to the Irish economy, it is essential that services such as the Manorhamilton Teagasc office are kept open. Therefore, I welcome today’s announcement by Teagasc and I hope it continues to provide assistance to the agricultural community in the North West.”

“I pressed Professor Boyle as to whether he could assure to the committee in relation to the longterm Teagasc facility in Manorhamilton but he indicated that he could hot foresee the future but the Manorhamilton office is not scheduled for closure in the current review.”