Donegal – the forgotten county


Sir, – The EU has selected Co Donegal as “one of the most resilient and ambitious places in Europe” (“Area of Ireland to be designated EU European Entrepreneurial Region 2018”, July 11th).

Ireland’s most northerly county has no train or motorway connections; the labour force is declining; unemployment is 18 per cent; and marginalisation, deprivation and disadvantage remain consistently high.

The lack of a dual-carriageway to Dublin entrenches the disadvantage of this isolated county.

The €400 million promised by the Irish government in the 2006 St Andrews Agreement to upgrade the A5 Derry/Dublin roadlink has been forgotten.

Donegal’s young people have shown their ambition and resilience by emigrating – 16 per cent of them in five years. – Yours, etc,


Gaoth Dobhair,

Co Dhún na nGall.