Conference aimed at 'reviving rural Ireland' planned for Dungarvan
Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has announced details of a major conference entitled ‘Reviving Rural Ireland’, which will take place this Saturday, January 26 between 10am and 1pm in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan. The conference is an initiative of West Waterford Sinn Féin representatives Louise Brierley, Conor D. McGuinness and Cllr. Siobhán Whelan.
David Cullinane said: “This conference will hear a wide range of opinion concerning the difficulties facing rural Ireland and practical solutions for making our communities stronger and more sustainable."
“Our villages, towns and country areas have suffered as a result of the recession and austerity. Emigration and the lure of Cork and Dublin have seen populations decline in some rural areas. The growth of large multiples and divestment by Government has seen local shops, post offices and Garda stations close."
"The failure to ensure broadband connectivity is hurting investment and opportunities for economic diversification. Dairy farmers are experiencing labour shortages, and the drystock sector is facing more challenges than ever before."
“Rural Ireland has never been further down the list of political priorities. This conference will discuss innovative solutions and practical steps to revitalise the rural economy and protect the rural way of life."
“Confirmed speakers include ICSA President Patrick Kent, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Kenny TD and Senan Cooke of Dunhill Eco-park, with representation from Macra and rural development and farming organisations.”
All are welcome to attend the conference.
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