Time to rebuild rural Ireland – Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has called for a change of attitude by Government and policy makers towards rural Ireland.
Speaking today at the National Ploughing Championships, Deputy Adams said:
“Under successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil-led Governments, a series of cuts and policy decisions have sapped the life out of many villages and small towns in rural Ireland.
“Local Post Offices, schools and Garda stations have been closed with devastating effects for communities.
“Meanwhile, rural transport networks and local health services have been decimated.
“Fine Gael never tire of telling us that the economy is recovering. However, this recovery is not being felt across large swathes of rural Ireland.
“The centre of many towns are littered with derelict business units and any jobs that have been created in recent years have been confined largely to the main urban centres.
“A proactive approach to rebuilding rural Ireland is now urgently needed; an approach which builds on the magnificent spirit that has been evident at the National Ploughing Championships.
“This is needed, more than ever today, with the threat posed by Brexit to Irish agriculture and the wider economy.
“Fundamentally, we need a change in the approach of Government and policy makers to recognise that people in rural Ireland have a right to services, infrastructure and employment.
“Sinn Féin believes that it must include a review of rates and upward only rents, and the retention of existing local schools, doctors’ surgeries and transport services in small towns and villages.
“Sinn Féin will pursue the Government on this issue in the Dáil and we will continue to stand up for rural Ireland.”