More needs to be done for Ru­ral Ire­land - Kenny

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

SINN Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, Martin Kenny said that the govern­ment’s spin on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Ac­tion Plan for Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment bore lit­tle re­la­tion­ship to the re­al­ity of ru­ral life. DEPUTY Kenny said: “It is amaz­ing that Min­is­ter Ring can drive home to Mayo from Dublin and not see the ef­fects of his govern­ment’s ne­glect on ru­ral Ire­land.

“Does he not see the boarded- up shopfronts, the state of many roads and can he gen­uinely say that he has mo­bile phone cov­er­age for his en­tire jour­ney?

“Again to­day, we hear com­mit­ments on broad­band, which seem to come around every six months or so, but peo­ple liv­ing out­side the cities are still stunted by the lack of cov­er­age and many are pre­vented from mak­ing a liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas for the ab­sence of re­li­able broad­band.

“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael do not have the po­lit­i­cal will to re­verse the brain drain felt across ru­ral Ire­land. Last week we saw young peo­ple in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties all over the coun­try cel­e­brat­ing their Leav­ing Cert re­sults and their achievement of points for col­lege en­try.

“The re­al­ity is that we are still rear­ing our chil­dren to leave be­cause there are no jobs for grad­u­ates in the com­mu­ni­ties from which they come and once they go to col­lege, most of them can­not come back to live and raise fam­i­lies in their home places.”

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