first_imgAn Fhál Charrach SInn Fein meetingSinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty has said his party’s Rural Ireland campaign in the county was a success.“I was delighted to welcome my colleagues Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture and Rural Affairs Martin Ferris TD and Galway Senator Trevor O Clochartaigh into Donegal as part of our ongoing Rural Ireland Campaign. The visit was very successful and culminated in a packed Public Meeting in Falcarragh,” said Deputy Doherty.“Our Love Rural Ireland campaign is all about listening to and engaging with communities across all 26 counties. At this year’s Ard Fheis in Castlebar, on the 12th and 13th of April, Sinn Féin will launch a Rural Ireland policy document which will reflect the views and suggestions of the broad spectrum of interest groups and individuals, which make up rural communities. “Today we have travelled to Killybegs, Glenties, Dungloe and Falcarragh and have met with community groups, farmer’s representatives, fishermen, youth workers and businessmen. Trevor and Martin relished the scenery of beautiful west Donegal, which tragically, is an area that is suffering from growing deprivation, high unemployment and high emigration.“Something which came up time and time again was the view that Department officials lacked a common sense approach and understanding when approached by the relevant sector or community group with a reasonable proposal to improve the lot of their communities. Numerous examples were given where red tape and bureaucracy won out over potential job creation and economic stimulus every time. This has to change.“With youth unemployment now at 49% and Donegal being recognised as the most deprived area in the state, the imminent deadline for the registration of septic tanks, growing emigration and the uncertainty around CAP and CFP negotiations, it is clear that there are genuine concerns felt by people on the ground and many of these emerged throughout the day’s events.“Other issues raised at the public meeting were the need for the development of an appropriate policy around the use of our natural resources, so abundant in and off the coast of this county and the strengthening of accountability of Bórd Údaras na Gaeltachta.” Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh from Conamara said: “This is not a negative campaign. We have a lot to be proud of in rural Ireland with our strong heritage, culture and community spirit. Time and time again, I am struck by the resilience and positivity of people in the face of adversity.“This campaign is about allowing ordinary people, who know their own areas, communities and sectors intimately, to contribute to and shape the decisions which affect their future.” OUR ‘LOVE RURAL IRELAND’ CAMPAIGN WAS DONEGAL SUCCESS, SAYS TD DOHERTY was last modified: January 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:OUR ‘LOVE RURAL IRELAND’ CAMPAIGN WAS DONEGAL SUCCESSSAYS TD DOHERTYlast_img

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