Speaking at The Ploughing today, Sinn Féin's EU candidate for the North West and North Leinster, Cllr Matt Carthy said:
“It is great to see that the Ploughing continues to be such a marvellous success, despite the difficulties being faced by the rural population at present.
“Walking around here today, talking to people who work in agriculture and to those who live in rural Ireland and work outside of agriculture, I am struck by their similar worries about how the countryside is being stripped of services.
“The District Veterinary Offices are gone, the Teagasc offices are fewer, the post offices are being closed and even the garda stations are shutting down. People feel forgotten and neglected.
“Older people and those living alone are particularly vulnerable and do not feel secure in their own homes.
“Sinn Féin is standing with communities fighting to retain services in health and education and to propose alternatives to the harsh austerity measures of the coalition government. We need to protect services, create jobs and protect our rural communities. Sinn Féin's alternative budget will
put forward ways to do this without targetting those who have already suffered enough in this recession.”