Rural Ireland record 'an insult'
Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30
Tipperary General Election candidate Siobhan Ambrose has slammed the Government's record on rural Ireland as "nothing short of an insult".
The Fianna Fail councillor said the 'Charter for Rural Ireland' was a rehash of existing government policies.
"Fianna Fail has a detailed policy laying out practical solutions to immediately improve the lives of rural dwellers," Ambrose said.
The party's 'Manifesto for Rural Ireland' included, she added, the reinstatement of a senior rural ministry; the provision of top quality infrastructure roads, water, sewerage and the restoration of the pupil-teacher ratio in small schools, with improved school transport services.
Noting that south Tipperary has the second highest unemployment rate in the country at 12.1pc - against the national figure of 8.6pc, Ambrose said youth unemployment "needs to be an immediate priority", adding that the 13,000 people signing on the Live Register in Tipperary in January did "not take account of people on job activation schemes".