Tom McGurk had a lot of thoughts a weekend ago in the SBP about rural Ireland, asking whether a ‘new party’ could ‘save’ rural Ireland.
He argued that:
In recent years a growing number of controversies have featured rural Ireland in dispute with what you might call the attires of the metropolitan elite who run the country: rows over turf cutting, wind farms, pylons, one-off housing, rural crime, water issues, a huge illegal drug crisis, the Shannon water project, migrants and issues around biodiversity.
In passing. Migrants – eh? Wonder what that’s about.
And there are always the timeless problems of rural isolation, the alcohol laws, post office and bank closes and how sloppy but surely competition from huge supermarkets is killing off the Main Street and generations of trades and apprenticeships.
I’ve a lot of sympathy for some of this argument. There are clear societal deficits in…
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