The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin visited the North West last week, meeting with local businesses and canvassing door to door in a number of areas during the short trip.
The opposition leader began the one day visit in Rosses Point in Sligo before travelling to Fermanagh to visit Belleek Pottery and take a tour of the factory. He spent the afternoon knocking on doors in Letterkenny before travelling to Ballyshannon and Bundoran to meet the local Fianna Fáil organisation that evening.
Speaking after his trip, Deputy Martin said: “This visit was about seeing first-hand the particular difficulties that communities in the North West are facing at this time. It is clear talking to people in their homes that they are feeling the real impact of severe cuts to community services, extra taxes, escalating household bills, the lack of support for families in real difficulty, the lack of support for local businesses and the lack of real job opportunities in this region.
“Many families I spoke to in Letterkenny, Ballyshannon and Bundoran told me they are simply at the end of their tether. They feel that Donegal and the North West consistently gets the raw end of the deal when it comes to cutbacks. Hospital beds have been closed, the local health services cut, many community garda stations shut down and now small schools are under threat and post offices are at risk. Meanwhile, people are expected to pay additional new property taxes without any consideration given to their ability to pay, or what they may have paid in the past on stamp duty.
“It is vital that the politicians elected to make big policy decisions at a national level take the time to visit communities in every part of the country, talk to people directly and see for themselves the impact of their decisions.”
The Fianna Fáil Leader said he looked forward to additional visits to Donegal in the coming months.