As part of their nationwide campaign “Defending Rural Ireland”, Martin Ferris, Sinn Fein TD, spokesperson for Agriculture, Food & Marine and Trevor O’Clochartaigh TD, spokesperson for Irish Language, Rural Affairs and the West, are coming to south Longford on Thursday 13th December to meet with community and voluntary groups, farmer groups and individuals representing rural Ireland, throughout this area.
Edel Kelly, Longford Sinn Fein spokesperson, said the visit is “very timely in view of last week’s budget announcements by the Fine Gael/Labour coalition government”.
Ms Kellyadded, “This visit which will highlight the attack on the rural community and the affects of the serious cutbacks that have hit this area.
“It will give local people a chance to hear Sinn Fein’s proposals for a fairer and just Ireland.
“Rural Ireland has been hit with a raft of cutbacks, like post office and garda station closures. Elderly people are living in fear of being attacked in their own homes.”
Ms Kelly said, “We in Sinn Fein are increasingly worried that people are getting to the end of their tether due to the continued fallout from the financial mismanagement of this and previous governments. Increased isolation especially of the elderly will be made worse by stringent cutbacks, to the extent that suicide rates in rural Ireland are increasing.
“The financial cost is disastrous but the social cost is immeasurable.”