Thursday 17 August 2017

Ignoring the death of rural Ireland may yet haunt the Coalition

People scoffed at the late Jackie Healy-Rae for his unashamed 'parish pump politics'. Photo: Tom Burke
People scoffed at the late Jackie Healy-Rae for his unashamed 'parish pump politics'. Photo: Tom Burke
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

Who will save our towns? A simple but pertinent question to ask all candidates in the forthcoming General Election. The demise of rural Ireland since 2008 has been as acute and as palpable as the national economic and social slide. The rural recovery, however, has not been as equal.

As An Taoiseach waxes lyrical about how we might reboot a global economy, perhaps more thought should focus on who will revive middle Ireland. It's all very well rebooting at Davos, but who is going to reboot Drumlish?

As the east coast and its upwardly mobile urbanites prepare to go once more into the breach of boom, social sectarianism is becoming more and more evident south of the border. As the pace of recovery east of the Shannon increases and we begin to creep back towards a tentative confidence, there is a myopia to the understandable concern enveloping rural Ireland.

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