Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív has branded comments about rural Ireland made by the former Secretary General in the Department of Finance John Moran as “unresearched, unfounded and ridiculous”.
Mr. Moran has put forward a plan, which would see future investment concentrated on regional cities, rather than rural areas.
Deputy Ó Cuív has hit out at the proposal saying, “This attitude needs to be challenged and runs contrary to the principle of “cherishing all the children of the nation equally” by ensuring that all citizens have access to basic services.
“It is imperative that the newly formed Oireachtas Committee dealing with rural development forensically examines the statement made by John Moran and others in the Establishment who believe that rural areas should be neglected and denied basic services and infrastructure.
“It is alarming to think that a person who held such a senior position in the public service has these views, and it should act as a warning to all of those who espouse balanced development of the challenges that lie ahead”.