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Saturday 10 December 2016

There should be no caving in to rural populists

Claims the recovery is by-passing rural Ireland will only lead to an unfair grab at scarce resources, writes Dan O'Brien

Published 03/04/2016 | 02:30

COUNTRY MATTERS: Michael Healy-Rae, centre, is one of several politicians calling for a full Cabinet portfolio to be created for rural affairs. Photo: Frank McGrath
COUNTRY MATTERS: Michael Healy-Rae, centre, is one of several politicians calling for a full Cabinet portfolio to be created for rural affairs. Photo: Frank McGrath

Anger is the spirit of the age. Frustration and irritation towards politicians and others in positions of influence is now commonplace. The welcome death of deference in recent decades appears to have turned to something bordering on blanket contempt for authority figures.

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The strong sense of grievance in much of rural Ireland is in keeping with the anger meme that has spread across the western world. Some rural dwellers claim the recovery is not being felt in their areas; that they are being ignored and neglected by the Dublin elites; and that they are losing out in all manner of ways. Some have even spoken of "the death of rural Ireland".

Many rural TDs are not behind the door in playing on widespread anger to reinforce the sense of grievance in their constituencies.

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