It's bad enough that there is no Cabinet Minister appointed for the Western seaboard, but it's even worse news that the Department of Rural & Community Development is being subsumed into another Department.

That's according to Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland.

As part of a revamp of Government departments, Minister Heather Humphreys has been appointed Minister for Social Protection, Community & Rural Development and the Islands.

Councillor Hyland says former Minister Michael Ring did a commendable job in building up the Department of Rural & Community Development, which provided funding for many worthwhile projects in all areas of the West, but he fears that the social protection portfolio will be the priority for Minister Humphreys, with rural development losing out.

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