The policies of austerity are stripping local communities of essential services – of schools, of guidance counsellors, hospitals, post-offices and Garda stations It is also adding new stealth taxes like the Universal Social Charge, the Household Charge, VAT increases, motor tax increases and septic tank charges.
Businesses, shops and pubs in rural towns and villages are closing. Small indigenous businesses, including small farmers, with no real support from the government or credit from the banks, are going under. Our fishing communities are devastated.
All of this and the absence of equality of access to public services threatens the quality of life of people living in rural Ireland.
It is time start the fight back for rural Ireland and rural communities.
Join the Love Rural Ireland Campaign!