Sinn Féin Roscommon South Leitrim by election candidate Councillor Martin Kenny speaking from the National Ploughing Championships has said it is time for a Fair Deal for rural Ireland.
Kenny said there was no sign of recovery in many rural areas including Roscommon and South Leitrim which had been devastated by emigration and job losses and ignored and abandoned by successive Governments.
Councillor Kenny said; “It is time for a fair deal for rural Ireland. Rural communities are under increasing pressure. Farmers are struggling with excessive red tape and are not getting a fair price for their produce. One in four rural families have been affected by emigration – in Roscommon and Leitrim the experience of many families is that more than one family member has emigrated.
“Across Roscommon and South Leitrim towns are quiet and empty, with boarded up shops and pubs and few if any young people to be seen. There is no sign of the much talked of recovery in these counties. Roscommon and Leitrim have been let down and failed by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael politicians for generations.
“Rural communities should not have to put up with second class public services including withdrawal of health services and boil notices for water that simply would not be tolerated if it was happening in Dublin or any large urban area.
“Sinn Féin is committed to rejuvenating rural Ireland, tackling emigration and unemployment and getting fair prices for farmers who are the backbone of the rural economy.
“If I am elected to the Dáil, I will make fighting for a fair deal for Rural Ireland one of my top priorities.”