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Labour Party’s plan for rural development is five years too late - Martin Ferris TD

6 February, 2016 - by Martin Ferris TD


Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has said that the Labour Party is five years too late with its plan for rural development. Deputy Ferris also criticised the policy document, launched in Athy today, as “being completely election oriented.”

He said;

“The rural development plan, launched by the Labour Party today, is five years too late and completely election oriented.

“They are in Athy talking about recovery when everyone living in rural areas can see that emigration, unemployment and the withdrawal of services have caused great hardship.”

“The Labour Party has been part of a government that cut LEADER projects, cut rural transport, closed Garda stations, reduced GP care and ambulance service and failed to deliver rural broadband. Promises made by the Labour Party, in the mouth of the election, ring very hollow.

“Michelle O'Neill, the Sinn Féin Agriculture and Rural Development Minister in the North, has delivered for rural communities. A Sinn Féin Minister, in a progressive government in Dublin, would do the same.

“Sinn Féin has proposed a plan for rural Ireland and the west which includes the enactment of our Rural Equality Bill. We would ensure an end to policies which disadvantage rural areas, implement a micro-finance scheme for small rural enterprises and measures to encourage e-commerce."

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