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Ferris: Massive Blow to Rural Ireland

8 April, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris has described the Budget as a massive blow to rural Ireland. He was responding specifically to the cuts in REPS payments and to Sustainable Energy research as well as to the overall impact that the tax increases, income levy and the range of cuts will have on ordinary families.

Deputy Ferris said: "The specific cuts in the agricultural sector, most notably the reduction in REPS payments, will add further to the downward pressure on incomes, particularly of smaller farms which rely greatly on REPS. The cut to sustainable energy research will also mean the ending of renewable energy projects that promised to create jobs. Above all perhaps it underlines the absolute hypocrisy and bankruptcy of the Greens.

"The diesel increases and the cuts in the subvention to CIE will obviously affect peoples’ mobility and increase isolation, and in combination with all the other cuts we have had to date, to schools, the Sports Capital grant and so on will have a devastating impact on rural communities and force many many thousands to once again leave. Ironically they will be joining in exile with the wealthy elite of this state who refuse to pay tax, who are untouched by the Budget and who in reality employ very few people here. It is good to know the Government knows who their real friends are." ENDS

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