Ireland’s future cannot be held to ransom by rural interests

Stephen Collins: National development plan must not be derailed by political cowardice

‘The lopsided development of the country is down to the political cowardice of successive governments who have pandered to the notion of protecting rural Ireland.’ Photograph: Barry Cronin

‘The lopsided development of the country is down to the political cowardice of successive governments who have pandered to the notion of protecting rural Ireland.’ Photograph: Barry Cronin

The phoney war between the two biggest parties in the Dáil over who really cares most about rural Ireland could have a disastrous impact on proper planning for the country’s future.

The raucous Dáil exchanges between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil this week are less about the welfare of rural Ireland than political posturing in the run up to the expiry of the confidence-and-supply arrangement later in the year.

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