Martin Ferris calls on government to enact Rural Equality Bill
Speaking ahead of his attendance at this weekend’s Tullamore Show Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Martin Ferris has called on the government to enact the Rural Equality Bill which he has already introduced to the Dáil to make public bodies consider the impact of measure on rural areas.
Deputy 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.”