'Fingal Sinn Féin breaking ground in rural Ireland and North County Dublin
Fingal Sinn Féin hosted a ‘Rural Ireland’ meeting last Monday March 2nd in the The White House Hotel on the Old Ashbourne Road. The meeting, organised by Sinn Féin Cllr Philip Lynam hosted a panel of speakers including Dublin Sinn Féin MEP, Lynn Boylan. Laurence Ward of the Irish Farmers Association and Martin Ferris TD.
Lynn Boylan opened proceedings by discussed her work in the European Parliament involving food safety, country of origin labelling and other related issues. She also stressed the importance of political interaction within rural communities so issues can be addressed and acted upon accordingly.
Laurence Ward of the IFA spoke on the topic of below cost selling in supermarkets and how it is simply unsustainable; the only loser being the farmer.
Martin Ferris TD, who grew up on a small farm, spoke about the problems caused by severe planning restrictions which makes it difficult for locals to build on their own land and stay close to home. He suggested that cluster developments could be a solution whereby locals could obtain planning permission for clusters of houses for those from the locality. This could also be a solution to the unsustainable ribbon development of houses across the state.
An interesting Question and Answer session followed where issues were brought up by members of the local community such as the standard of roads and paths locally; planning issues, the virtually non-existent broadband; housing facilities generally and the strong feeling of local political abandonment.