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Lopsided cabinet with Dublin awarded nearly 50% of Ministerial seats with 25% of the population – Tóibín

6 May, 2016

Meath West Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has criticised the lack of rural TDs appointed to cabinet today with 50% of ministerial seats going to Dublin Deputies despite only having 25% of the population.

Deputy Tóibín said;

“People in rural Ireland will be shocked to learn that Dublin has been awarded 50% of the ministerial seats despite having only 25% of the population.  That is a slap in the face to the rest of the state.

“In a representative democracy it makes good sense that the views contributing to the decisions at cabinet are representative of the people. Its universally acknowledged that if women are not at the cabinet in numbers then the perspective and needs of women will not be properly represented.

“Over the last two decades we have seen extremely uneven development in this state. We have seen the development of a two tier economy. With regards the majority of socioeconomic metrics the regions have suffered significantly from underdevelopment.

“While Dublin has seen some growth in economic activity much of rural Ireland is has its shutters down. Garda stations, schools, bus services, rural doctors, banks, childcare, businesses, pubs, post offices have all started to disappear from the rural network.

“The number of people at risk of poverty in rural Ireland has doubled since 2008.  According to Social Justice Ireland there are fewer jobs, higher emigration, lower incomes, and access to fewer public services than urban areas.

“Indeed before and after the election the airwaves buzzed with talk of rural crime, lack of rural broadband, lack of public transport connections and deteriorating roads. This it seems has all come to nothing as the people who will make the decisions over the life time of this government in the main will come from just one of the state’s cities.

“The truth is that if you don’t have a voice at the table you won’t be part of the decision.”


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