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Sinn Féin to meet with GAA on impact of emigration

6 March, 2013 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin spokespeople on Rural Ireland Martin Ferris TD and Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh will today visit Croke Park to meet with the GAA rural depopulation committee. The meeting is part of Sinn Féin's ‘Love Rural Ireland’ campaign which has been on-going since its launch in Castlebar in March last year.

Speaking in advance of the meeting Deputy Ferris said:

“For the past twelve months my colleagues and I have been travelling the length and breadth of this state meeting people from rural communities and listening to their issues.

“Sinn Féin believes rural Ireland is facing continuous and disproportionate attacks which are undermining the social and economic infrastructure in rural communities.

“Throughout our travels one story has come up everywhere we have been and that is of GAA teams struggling to field teams in the face of mass emigration of our youth.

“We met with clubs in Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal where they are no longer able to field teams and in some cases where the most of the players from successful teams have emigrated.

“We appreciate that many organisations with strong roots in rural communities are addressing this issue. The GAA is one of those and we are pleased to meet with the GAA rural depopulation committee today to discuss this issue with them.”


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