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Government has failed in its Rural Development commitments

31 May, 2004

Speaking in advance of Sinn Féin's Private Members' motion tomorrow on the Government's failure regarding Rural Development commitments, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Rural Affairs Martin Ferris TD said that the lack of balance in regional development in Ireland was something which the people of the West had been highlighting for a long time and that they were justifiably "embittered and angry" at the lack of adequate services in the area.

Deputy Ferris said:

"What was promised by this Government for Rural Development has not even begun to materialise. Is it any wonder people in the West of Ireland are embittered and angry at the way their needs are ignored? All that is being asked for is an equal level of provision of services for residents of this area.

"The West is an area of great potential and to see it being depleted by population decrease due to lack of services for communities is a national crisis and something that this Government cannot continue to turn its back on or it will pay the ultimate price when people realise they cannot rely on the right-wing PD-dominated coalition to deliver for sustainable rural communities in the future. The Government have failed to generate real regional development through the National Spatial Strategy or to encourage sufficient investment to compensate for losses in the Agricultural sector in an area where there is already unemployment of a much higher level than the national average in places like Kerry and Donegal. Everyone, no matter where they live, is entitled to equal access to and quality of public services." ENDS

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