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Pearse Doherty calls for campaign to save the West

1 March, 2008


Tá gearr ghá le thart ar tarrthail ar an iarthar Ta gearr ghá le troid ar son an iarthar Ta gearr ghá le forum a bhunadh do Theachtaí Dála agus Seanadóirí agus gach eagraíocht tuaithe on iarthar le clár oibre a shocrú a thabharfas aghaidh ar fadhbanna an iarthar.

What they had in common was that these centres were all located on the west coast in Donegal in Mayo and in Kerry

At 5pm on Thursday the 9th of January four postmasters turned the lock of the door of their post offices for the last time ending in some cases over 60 years of postal service in those communities.

What they had in common was that these post offices were all on the west coast in Roscommon in Mayo and in Donegal.

A Chairde the list is endless. Whether it is the loss of traditional faming, fishing or manufacturing jobs or the closure and running down of public services such as health the withdrawal of

Tá gearr ghá le thart ar tarrthail ar an iarthar Ta gearr ghá le troid ar son an iarthar Ta gearr ghá le forum a bhunadh do Theachtaí Dála agus Seanadóirí agus gach eagraíocht tuaithe on iarthar le clár oibre a shocrú a thabharfas aghaidh ar fadhbanna an iarthar.

What they had in common was that these centres were all located on the west coast in Donegal in Mayo and in Kerry

At 5pm on Thursday the 9th of January four postmasters turned the lock of the door of their post offices for the last time ending in some cases over 60 years of postal service in those communities.

What they had in common was that these post offices were all on the west coast in Roscommon in Mayo and in Donegal.

A Chairde the list is endless. Whether it is the loss of traditional faming, fishing or manufacturing jobs or the closure and running down of public services such as health the withdrawal of public transport the closure of rural schools, shops , pubs or Garda stations all this highlights one clear fact - The west of Ireland is suffering a death by a thousand cuts.

It is time to fight bac

As a proud west of Ireland man I like every other person from Malin Head to Mizen Head demand fairness. We too are tax payers. We too have a right to a decent job, have a right to proper transport links, a right to adequate pubic services a right to all of the amenities that allow you to live a full life.

It is time to fight bac

k Is é an seod is luachmhar ata ag an iarthar nó an Ghaeltacht agus arís tchíonn muid an Ghaeltacht ag cúladh. Tá níos lú agus níos lú daoine ag labhairt an ghaelic sa ghaeltacht. Tá I bhfad níos mó cainteoirí bearla nó cainteoirí gaeilge I go leor ceanntaireacha gaeltachta anois.

Léiríonn na firicípublic transport the closure of rural schools, shops , pubs or Garda stations all this highlights one clear fact - The west of Ireland is suffering a death by a thousand cuts.

It is time to fight bac

As a proud west of Ireland man I like every other person from Malin Head to Mizen Head demand fairness. We too are tax payers. We too have a right to a decent job, have a right to proper transport links, a right to adequate pubic services a right to all of the amenities that allow you to live a full life.

It is time to fight bac

k Is é an seod is luachmhar ata ag an iarthar nó an Ghaeltacht agus arís tchíonn muid an Ghaeltacht ag cúladh. Tá níos lú agus níos lú daoine ag labhairt an ghaelic sa ghaeltacht. Tá I bhfad níos mó cainteoirí bearla nó cainteoirí gaeilge I go leor ceanntaireacha gaeltachta anois.

Léiríonn na firicí atá sa staidéar teangeolaíocht ar úsaid na gaeilge sa ghaeltacht a foilsíodh roimhe na Nollaig go bhfuil muid ag croissbhealach ó thaobh na gaeltachtaí.

Go bhfuil athrú meona athrú intinne agus athrú polasaithe rialtais de dhíth má tá an ghaeltacht le mairstint sa todchaí. Insíonn an staidéar duinn nach bhfuil ach idir cuig bliana déag agus fiche blian fágtha ag an ghaeltacht is láidre inniú.

Tá cinneadh againn le déanamh agus cinneadh le deanamh ag pobal na gaeltachta - an bhfuil muid sásta go ligfimid an ghaeltacht imeacht nó an bhfuil muid sásta troid ar a son Deirim le muintir na gaeltachta gur é seo an t-am le troid ar ais.

Over the past two days we have debated motions that highlighted the neglect of the west and we set out our vision for a modern Ireland.

We heard delegates recount real stories; atá sa staidéar teangeolaíocht ar úsaid na gaeilge sa ghaeltacht a foilsíodh roimhe na Nollaig go bhfuil muid ag croissbhealach ó thaobh na gaeltachtaí.

Go bhfuil athrú meona athrú intinne agus athrú polasaithe rialtais de dhíth má tá an ghaeltacht le mairstint sa todchaí. Insíonn an staidéar duinn nach bhfuil ach idir cuig bliana déag agus fiche blian fágtha ag an ghaeltacht is láidre inniú.

Tá cinneadh againn le déanamh agus cinneadh le deanamh ag pobal na gaeltachta - an bhfuil muid sásta go ligfimid an ghaeltacht imeacht nó an bhfuil muid sásta troid ar a son Deirim le muintir na gaeltachta gur é seo an t-am le troid ar ais.

Over the past two days we have debated motions that highlighted the neglect of the west and we set out our vision for a modern Ireland.

We heard delegates recount real stories of the effects of neglecting the west We heard of the elderly man from the west who stopped travelling to Dublin for chemotherapy treatment rather than face the traumatic trip by bus for fear of being sick. That man latter died at home.

We heard of the two women from the west, one, a lone parent and one, the mother of disabled children who opted for a mastectomy rather than place a heavy burden on their families by travelling hundreds of miles to Dublin for treatment.

This should not be tolerated in this day and age

It is time to fight back

Sinn Féin from this Ard Fheis extends an invitation to those elected representatives from all parties and none and all organisations representing the west of Ireland, from Kerry to Donegal and everywhere in between to come together to agree a platform to ensure the survival of the West.

No one party or no one organisation is capable of tackling the problems of rural Irelan of the effects of neglecting the west We heard of the elderly man from the west who stopped travelling to Dublin for chemotherapy treatment rather than face the traumatic trip by bus for fear of being sick. That man latter died at home.

We heard of the two women from the west, one, a lone parent and one, the mother of disabled children who opted for a mastectomy rather than place a heavy burden on their families by travelling hundreds of miles to Dublin for treatment.

This should not be tolerated in this day and age

It is time to fight back

Sinn Féin from this Ard Fheis extends an invitation to those elected representatives from all parties and none and all organisations representing the west of Ireland, from Kerry to Donegal and everywhere in between to come together to agree a platform to ensure the survival of the West.

No one party or no one organisation is capable of tackling the problems of rural Ireland alone, but as the Irish proverb say "Ní neart go cuir le chéile"

So let us stand together, let us agree a common platform and let us begin the fight back for the west of Ireland.

d alone, but as the Irish proverb say "Ní neart go cuir le chéile"

So let us stand together, let us agree a common platform and let us begin the fight back for the west of Ireland.

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