Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams TD, will be in Carrick-on-Shannon today, Thursday, to hear what people think of rural life.
Over the past couple of months, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams TD, Martin Ferris TD and Senator Trevor Clochartaigh have been travelling around the country talking to people about life in the future in rural Ireland.
The trio will be coming to Carrick-on-Shannon, as part of this process and they want to know what you think and what you want for yourselves and your families. You will be able to hear them speak at a meeting in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon on this Thursday 10th May 2012.
Speaking about his forthcoming visit to Carrick-on-Shannon, the Sinn Féin president said: “Sinn Féin believes in rural Ireland, in villages and small towns with schools, post offices and garda stations. We believe in the community spirit and way of life that is unique to rural Ireland. Rural communities must have equal access to health and other services. Sustainable rural economies that can offer employment to young people can be built. The emigration of past generations should not be the future for your children. There is no doubt that it is time to take a stand to defend rural Ireland to plan for its future. Sinn Féin believes in the future and sees rural life as something to be celebrated and defended, not just a target for more cuts and taxes”, he said.
In the last Dáil, Sinn Féin produced three major Oireachtas Reports focusing on rural Ireland: Awakening the West - Overcoming Social and Economic Inequality; a report on the Future of Farming and Fishing in the West; and a report on Creating Greater Employment in the Agri-food Sector. Deputy Adams continued: “Sinn Féin has shown commitment to rural Ireland by standing with communities fighting to retain local services in health and education against unfair attacks such as the septic tank charge and the household charge. “We are interested in hearing people’s views on the delivery of public services, the potential of farming, fishing, Agri-food and tourism, job creation, combating rural isolation, supporting Gaeltacht communities and ensuring a fair deal for country people in their own communities”.Come along to our Public Meeting in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon on this Thursday night at 8pm and allow your voice to be heard.