Kiltyclogher community congratulated for its initiative by Martin Kenny TD
Speaking in response to the Kiltyclogher community’s call for young families to settle in the Leitrim village, Sinn Féin TD for Leitrim Martin Kenny said that this is indicative of the state of rural Ireland today.
Deputy Kenny said:
“As a proud Leitrim man, I can think of nowhere better to live and raise a family than this beautiful county, but a community having to make an appeal like this is indicative of the state of rural Ireland today.
“This community has been stripped of its younger generation because there are no jobs in the area for them. The possibility of employment, particularly for graduates, is made more remote by the lack of government investment in infrastructure and particularly in broadband.
"The people of Kiltyclogher are being proactive now and calling for people to come to their village to breathe some new life into the area and to save the school.
“Before the Dáil broke for the summer, I raised the issue of Kiltyclogher National School with Minister for Education Richard Bruton, but he would not commit to retaining two teachers there.
“Kiltyclogher is calling on people who are unemployed in cities to consider making the move. There are lovely houses there to rent at far lower rates than in Dublin or other urban centres and rent allowance will be accepted.
“I congratulate the Kiltyclogher community for its initiative and can guarantee anyone willing to resettle here will receive a warm welcome in Leitrim.