Rural Ireland abandoned by this government – Adams
Speaking in Kilkenny this evening at the general election campaign launch of the Sinn Féin candidate, Cllr. Kathleen Funchion, in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has accused the Government of abandoning rural communities and said that a Sinn Féin-led Government would be better for rural Ireland.
Teachta Adams said:
“The present Government has effectively abandoned rural Ireland. Under Fine Gael and Labour rural schools, Garda stations and post offices have been closed at an alarming rate.
“Small and medium business have been starved of credit and many rural towns are dying on their feet as a result. Living in rural Ireland has been made more difficult because of cuts to rural transport programmes, higher costs for car users and cuts to Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann services.
“A Sinn Féin-led Government will be better for rural communities. We will deliver a new deal for rural Ireland.
“Among other measures, Sinn Féin will introduce a Rural Equality Bill and ensure all legislation and regulation is rural-proofed, ending discrimination against rural dwellers.
"We have costed the recruitment of additional 3,000 Gardaí over a five-year term to restore Garda numbers to 14,250 personnel and reverse the closure of Garda stations.
"Rural areas with a declining population will have the same rights as urban areas.
“"All Irish householders and business will have access to a minimum broadband speed of 100Mbp.
"Yes, Sinn Féin, unlike Fine Gael and Labour, or Fianna Fáil for that matter, will stand up and deliver a decent quality life for citizens livening in rural communities and we will deliver for rural Ireland.”