Shannonside region will form ‘key element of plan’ – Coveney

Fine Gael leadership hopeful Simon Coveney claims the Shannonside region will form a key element of his plans if he succeeds Enda Kenny as party leader.

The Housing Minister spoke to around 100 supporters at a rally held in Athlone last night as he looks to close the gap on leading challenge Leo Varadkar.

The Corkman claimed that Athlone would be a crucial element in the Ireland 2040 framework plan currently being drawn up by government which is examining future areas of growth and development in Ireland in the next 20 years/

However he told Shannonside FM that he would not be making any false promises at the event in order to try and gain an advantage over his political rival or to sway undecided party members :