New report shows serious shortfall in government spending in Galway
Deputy Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Galway East, has published new research that shows government spending in Galway is below where it should be based on the county’s population.
The analysis of government funding between 2016 and 2019 shows there’s been a €148 million shortfall in expected funding for housing in Galway and a €29 million deficit in HSE capital expenditure, while there are 99 less Gardaí on the street than there should be. The data underpinning the analysis is based on information provided by government departments.
Deputy Rabbitte commented:
The shortfall in funding for housing, health infrastructure and Garda recruits is particularly stark, and a clear example of how Galway has not received its fair share. In fact, there’s been a major multi-million euro shortfall in several areas. The figures speak for themselves.The areas that haven’t received their fair share align with some of the main issues people have with the country at the moment. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the areas failing people most, such as housing and health, have also been underfunded in Galway.
Deputy Rabbitte concluded:
I’ve always welcomed any funding that’s announced for Galway, but it’s only fair for the public to know whether it’s our fair share. There are undoubtedly some areas that are adequately funded, as they should be, but it’s a shame that these pivotal areas are in dire need of this funding. We can’t expect Galway to prosper without sufficient funds. This research echoes the study by Northern and Western Regional Assembly published last week. It’s time Galway has its voice heard and receives it fair share.