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Wednesday 27 August 2014

The message is loud and clear

MARIA HERLIHY

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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Mary and Seamus Curtin, Kilcorney, at the protest march in Dublin on Wednesday. Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald.

THE ROAR from 5,000 people outside the gates of Dail Eireann yesterday (Wednesday) was clear - keep LEADER funding in the community.

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On Wednesday morning, six busses were packed at IRD Duhallow as volunteers and local people made their way from Newmarket to Dublin, were determined to have their voices heard.

Rally chairman Jack Roche, who addressed the 5,000 people who travelled from all over the country, didn't mince his words as he said the people of rural Ireland were not being listened to.

"This has left us with no option but to bring our message loudly and clearly to the gates of Dail Eireann," he said to roars of applause.

The people's revolt was clear as they want to stop the Government from removing Leader funding out of local communities and voluntary boards.

Some 20,000 people have already attended nationwide meetings signalling the clear rejection of the move to transfer key rural development functions to county council committees and 10,000 people have signed an on-line petition.

On Wednesday, the governemnt was left in no doubt as to how local people want their local development funds administered.

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