Sunday 22 April 2018

The day the rural heartland revolted and cried: 'Where is our recovery?'

For the mother whose four sons had emigrated, Fine Gael's mantra was an insult

Presiding Officer Carmel McBride and Garda Sergeant Paul McGee carry a ballot box away from a polling station after voting concluded on the island of Inishbofin, Co Galway, on February 25. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Presiding Officer Carmel McBride and Garda Sergeant Paul McGee carry a ballot box away from a polling station after voting concluded on the island of Inishbofin, Co Galway, on February 25. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Claire McCormack

Enda Kenny and Joan Burton got the kicking they deserved in provincial Ireland.

For rural voters, the Fine Gael election mantra of "keeping the recovery going" was an insult, a sick joke.

And so, nine days ago, in polling stations from Cahir to Caherlistrane, Bunclody to Belturbet, rural Ireland shouted 'STOP.'

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