With Garda station closures, small schools under threat, hospital services stretched to breaking point and LEADER cuts, rural communities feel that they have to fight to maintain even basic public services, more often than not, because they have been labelled ‘inefficient’ by Fine Gael and Labour Ministerial advisers.
Meanwhile the two tier economic recovery is leaving behind large parts of the country which have already borne the brunt of the recession, with concentrated growth and highly unequal job creation across the island.The cumulative impact of these short-term policies has been to lessen the attractiveness of living and working in rural areas, especially for young families.
Government decisions that have decimated Rural Ireland:
· LEADER rural development programme funding has been cut by over 40% to €250 million in contrast to over €400 million secured under Fianna Fáil.
- 2011 Programme for Government pledged to deliver fibre broadband to 90% of homes and businesses by 2015 . Now people will to have to wait up until to 2021.
- Rural communities are living in fear following the closure of 139 Garda Stations, while many other stations are rarely or never open to the public.
- Local small schools have also been subjected to targeted attacks, with dramatic increases in the pupil-teacher ratio.
– Rural Social Scheme and Farm Assist Scheme have been decimated, both of which were set up by the previous Fianna Fáil led Government.
Fianna Fáil will continue to fight and support the right of rural communities. Read and share our Rural Policy Platform.