“Rural Ireland needs investment” - Mary Lou McDonald addresses Rural Revival Conference
Sinn Féin President, Mary Lou McDonald TD this evening gave a key note address at the Rural Revival conference at the River Island Hotel, Castleisland, County Kerry.
Speaking at the event Mary Lou McDonald TD said;
“Successive Irish Governments have abandoned rural Ireland. Their vision is of a prosperous elite, big cities and a trickle down of wealth. A trickle that runs dry before it reaches rural Ireland.
“This government has closed post offices and Garda stations. They have cut bus routes and failed to deliver broad band. They have cut hospital beds and presided over a shortage of nurses and doctors.
“The government focus on market solutions has created a housing crisis in cities and job crisis in rural Ireland. All of this has left communities in rural Ireland isolated and abandoned.
“No amount of announcements in the run up to an election year will cover this government’s failings.
“The solution is simple, invest in services and infrastructure to balance development and jobs growth across the island.
“The voice of rural Ireland needs to be heard, needs to be listened to and needs to be represented in Government.
“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have failed, their legacy is found in the dereliction of rural Ireland and the breakup of families as a generation leaves the land. We need a new approach and a new government.”