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Discrimination against rural areas must stop - Ferris

6 May, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD

Deputy Martin Ferris, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, today introduced a bill in the Dáil aimed at making public bodies consider the impact of measures on rural areas.

 The Rural Equality Bill 2015 was introduced to the Dáil this afternoon.

 Speaking on the issue, Teachta Ferris said:

 “The aim of this bill is to make public bodies consider rural areas when they set about implementing measures which could have a significant socio-economic effect on rural Ireland.

 “The people of rural Ireland are fed up being ignored and neglected. Talk of recovery rings very hollow in towns and villages all over this state where local businesses are closing, where post offices and Garda stations are gone and where even the bus services are under threat.

 “There is a lot of spin and platitudes about rural Ireland, but this bill aims to make it necessary to perform a rural impact assessment in order to eliminate, or at least lessen, existing discrimination against rural areas.” 

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