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Letter: It's clear no party had a plan for rural Ireland

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Ballot boxes are opened at the RDS in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Ballot boxes are opened at the RDS in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Ballot boxes are opened at the RDS in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

Sir - It was disappointing to see that during the general election campaign not one of the main parties put forward a comprehensive regeneration plan for the development of rural Ireland.

A much more aggressive regional development plan must be put in place if our countryside is to survive and prosper. This is particularly so in the border counties, and in the west and north of the country, where so many local services have been withdrawn in recent years, such as post-offices, banking, education and health services etc.

On Claire Byrne Live during the recent leaders' debate, rural Ireland didn't get a mention for the first 45 minutes - and then only by a member of the audience who asked if any of them were returned to Leinster House, would they reverse the cuts to rural garda stations?