Fianna Fáil spokesperson says Rural Ireland Action Plan must contain concrete proposals

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Regional, Rural, Gaeltacht & Island Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív is warning the Government to ensure that the upcoming rural action plan contains detailed proposals to improve life for people living in rural Ireland, rather than becoming an exercise in unfulfilled promises.

Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “The previous Fine Gael led Government introduced a series of measures that negatively impacted rural Ireland. Garda station closures, Farm Assist cuts and small schools under threat, rural Ireland was singled out for cutbacks across a large range of areas.

“Ahead of the publication of the Government’s action plan, Fianna Fáil submitted a policy document to Minister Humphreys department. The submission sets out a blueprint that details precise measures which will directly improve service provision, infrastructure and employment opportunities in rural Ireland.

“Our submission puts forward a credible plan with practical solutions to reverse the 5 years of unfair Government attacks on rural Ireland.”

“Fianna Fáil is committed to supporting the development of rural parish communities and balanced regional development. Our vision centres on giving rural people the same opportunities to prosper and grow employment as people living more urban centres, and ensuring the rural Ireland is not left behind in terms of infrastructure, growth and development.”