"€30m Rural Revitalisation Fund, More Evidence of Government's Contempt for Rural Ireland" - Corcoran
“In the typical style of an establishment political system with no vision for rural regions, last week saw the announcement of a €30 million fund for rural Ireland by the Government. The fund is being administered by local authorities over the next five years. This really goes to show the people of rural Ireland what their government thinks of them.”
“This style of auction politics really does irritate me. The government are aware that because of the two-tier recovery they have harboured that they need to do something about rural decline. Yet, instead of actually burning the midnight oil and developing policies that would really help revitalize rural Ireland they’ve basically thrown the smallest amount of money they possibly could at the problem and again nothing substantial will be achieved.”
“‘Appease the rural dwellers’ - that seems to be the government's line on all issues outside the pale, ‘Make them dependent on hand-outs.’ I hate being the one who always says it’s not enough, but it’s not the number that is the problem, it’s the attitude. The problem is that they think money alone will solve rural Ireland’s issues. If the number was €300 million I’d be equally as outraged.”
“I am so annoyed at this point because this government seems to be completely detached from the reality of rural life. We don’t want more hand-outs, we want a hand-up. Throwing the crumbs from the Dublin table back to us is nothing short of insulting and is completely uninspiring for young people looking to build a future in rural Ireland.”
“The government quite literally could not have done less than announce a ‘Mickey Mouse Fund’ of €30 million, yet everyone pats one another on the back, welcomes the announcement and thinks they’ve done something worth applauding. Everything from introducing tax credits for rural dwellers to incentives to have large employers locate in rural regions were all options available to them. Instead they go with possibly the laziest revitalization option available to them.”
“Now, I am not naive enough to think this is the only thing government are doing to tackle rural decline, and I understand the fund is for the very specific purpose of improving the aesthetics of rural towns and villages which is very important, but it is indicative of their attitude toward rural Ireland and their unimaginative, retrograde approach to tackling rural decline.”
Emmett Corcoran | Rural Ireland | Revitalization | Roscommon | Galway
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