The People of Rural Ireland, will Cut their Turf, and Fuck Sleeping Ryan, He has turned Dublin City, into a Kip, and the Silence of the Fianna Fail Backbenchers, is Pathetic, there like fucking Sheep. Ryan Orders all Cows, to Stop Farting, the Gobshite? 3 per cent in the Polls? Below photo, of Fianna Fail Backbenchers?

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Inside how issues impacting rural Ireland could rock Government as Coalition loses Dail majority

  • 19:25, 20 Jul 2022
  • Updated: 19:25, 20 Jul 2022

RURAL Ireland isn’t dying – it’s growing, according to the latest census data.

While the population in Dublin grew by 7.7 per cent since 2016, 12 other counties saw a higher increase in their populations than the capital.

People use an ATM machine outside a branch of the Allied Irish Bank in Dublin
People use an ATM machine outside a branch of the Allied Irish Bank in DublinCredit: REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo
Taoiseach Micheal Martin
Taoiseach Micheal MartinCredit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Environment Minister Eamon Ryan
Environment Minister Eamon RyanCredit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Turf cutting in Co Donegal
Turf cutting in Co DonegalCredit: Alamy

However, fuming rural politicians are claiming that their constituents are being left behind by a Dublin-centric Coalition hell-bent on eradicating the traditions of people outside the capital.

And who could blame them for feeling hard done by a Government where one third of the TDs are from constituencies in Dublin?

Six out of the 15 Ministers that make the big decisions for the country are from Dublin while three others – including the Taoiseach – come from Cork South Central.

Independent TDs have repeatedly warned Fianna Fail and Fine Gael that they will face a reckoning in rural Ireland at the next election due to policies they claim are hurting people outside the cities.

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And this sentiment rings through in the two main Coalition parties where rural backbenchers have repeatedly broke ranks to call foul on issues that have threatened to topple the Government at times.

Here, Political Correspondent ADAM HIGGINS looks at the issues impacting rural communities that could end up being potential landmines for a Coalition that has already lost it’s majority in the Dail.

Earlier this week, AIB announced that it will no longer be offering cash or cheque services at 70 branches – all but five of which are outside Dublin.

The removal of ATMs from the branches means that people will no longer be able to take out cash in many towns and village across the country.

The move sparked fury among rural communities as people claimed it disproportionately impacted rural areas.

In some parts of the country where AIB is removing cash services, people will be forced to travel up to 30km for the next cash bank which will add to the cost of accessing money.

Roscommon TD Claire Kerrane said it will impact many older people in rural areas who have not adapted to digital banking and still rely on cash for day to day business.

She said: “While AIB cite increased digital usage as one reason for these changes, there are many vulnerable customers especially living in rural areas who are not given sufficient consideration when decisions like these are made.”

Skyrocketing fuel prices are hurting those in rural Ireland more than people in cities where there is easier access to public transport.

Earlier this year, the Coalition introduced a range of cost of living measures to try to ease the pressure of inflation on people including reducing the price of public transport.

RISING COSTS

And this week, independent think tank Social Justice Ireland published research which proved there is a huge deficit of public transport in rural Ireland areas.

The study found that only 4.8 per cent of journeys made by people in rural Ireland in 2019 used public transport compared to 74 per cent of journeys in a private care.

Rising petrol and diesel prices are hitting people in rural areas hard because they have no alternatives.

While the Coalition reduced the excise on fuel earlier this year, any savings have been eradicated by subsequent price hikes and Ministers have repeatedly ruled out touching excise on petrol and diesel again.

This refusal to try to tackle fuel prices coupled with a lack of public transport is effectively leaving people in rural Ireland with the choice to stump up for petrol or stay put.

Earlier this year, a fiery dispute over the proposed ban on the commercial sale of turf rocked the Coalition.

TURF SALES

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan is planning to outlaw the commercial sale of turf to try and clean Ireland’s air.

However, hundreds of thousands of people continue to use this fuel to heat their homes.

And with the price of home heating oil and gas bills shooting up through the roof, many felt this was the wrong time to try reduce turf burning.

Rural TDs from the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael backbenches revolted and demanded the ban be watered down.

  • As a result, the turf war was extinguished last week as Minister Ryan agreed to allow people in rural Ireland to continue to sell turf to their neighbours and family but outlawed peat being sold in shops.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan yesterday met with Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue for crunch talks around agreeing carbon emission reduction targets.

REDUCING EMISSIONS

  • The Government has a legally binding target to reduce emissions in Ireland by 51 per cent by 2030 with new carbon budgets for each sector due to go to Cabinet next week.

However, the agriculture sector is proving to be a key sticking point for the Coalition as Minister Ryan wants an emissions reduction target of 30 per cent while Minister McConalogue is fighting for a lower range of 22 per cent.

The issue has already become a hot topic among Government backbenchers after reports this week claimed people might be asked to lose their second car in a bid to reduce emissions in transport.

  • Kerry TD Brendan Griffin blasted this idea as ludicrous and instead proposed that SUVs should be banned in Eamon Ryan’s constituency of Dublin Bay South.

Offaly TD Brian Cowen has also signalled that he will be fighting for a lower emissions target for farmers within the Fianna Fail party as he warned farmers can not become the scapegoat for climate change.

This is an issue that is likely to rumble on to next week when the carbon budgets for sectors are brought to Cabinet for agreement.

This could be a difficult obstacle for the Coalition.

Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane
Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane

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