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Fairness and equality needed for Irish farmers and rural communities - Martin Kenny TD

19 September, 2017 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin Agricultural Spokesperson Martin Kenny TD has said that Irish farmers and rural communities need to be treated with fairness and equality.

The Sligo/Leitrim TD said;

“Rural Ireland has faced relentless attacks in recent years. This Fine Gael Government has effectively abandoned rural Ireland. Rural schools, Garda stations and post offices have been closed at an alarming rate. 

“Meanwhile small and medium business have been starved of credit and neglected by the Government so that many rural towns are simply dying on their feet.

“This government and the previous one have made living in rural Ireland more difficult. They have cut rural transport programmes, raised costs for private car users and inflicted cuts on Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann.

“Farming families are at the heart of the rural economy. The farmer - the primary producer - is not well served by the current system of food pricing.

“There is a need for more price transparency in the food chain. Information about the prices at which processors sell the products they buy from farmers, freely available for all to see.

“Regional imbalances and rural decline are the result of the policies of successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil governments. It’s time that rural based TDs and Councillors from both those parties must pressurise their leadrerships to end the attack on rural communities.

“We must think big for rural Ireland. There is no reason why many rural areas do not have an adequate road infrastructure or broadband or any prospect of international investment.

“Sinn Féin has a vision for rural Ireland. A vision to make it a sustainable place to live and work. A place where the quality of life is matched by the quality of public services.

“This includes a policy commitment to keep rural post offices, libraries and Garda stations open and to maintain services that connect people with their local towns.

“We need to see fairness and equality needed for Irish farmers and rural communities and that is what Sinn Féin will continue pursue at national and European level.”

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