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Progress on action plan for Rathlin islanders

A new action plan is being formulated to further improve life for the 100-plus inhabitants of Rathlin Island.

Residents have commended progress made during the last two years of the previous Stormont Executive strategy to enhance services and infrastructure on Northern Ireland's only populated offshore island.

That work is now being reviewed ahead of finalising a new two-year inter-departmental plan.

Projects on the horizon for the islanders, who number under 110, will see the construction of 10 social houses and the erection of a community-owned wind turbine.

Michael Cecil, of the Rathlin Development and Community Association (RDCA), said the future was looking bright. β€œThe population is steadily and slowing increasing,” he said. β€œIt's quite gradual, but it's certainly not in decline like it was in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Things are looking brighter and we are seeing a lot more support from the Government and council.”

Mr Cecil said more work is need ed to improve broadband provision and to aid social enterprises.

Belfast Telegraph