Fianna Fail European Parliament candidate for Ireland South, Kieran Hartley, has warned that Tipperary is “under attack” by the Government through its policies on rural communities and jobs.
“Just look at the recent story about Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar’s plans to shut down rail lines around the country – that will have serious implications for the Nenagh line”, he stated.
He added: “This is just the latest attack on rural communities in Tipperary and elsewhere in the country by a Government which has lost touch with how ordinary people have to live their lives.”
Canvassing in Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, Cahir, Tipperary, Templemore, Thurles, Cashel, Roscrea and Nenagh on Monday and Tuesday, Mr Hartley stated: “Add that to the closure of Post Offices, Garda Stations and schools and you quickly realise how distant this Government is from the people of Tipperary.”
Mr Hartley, a leading anti-pylon campaigner and Waterford native, said another example was how the opinions of people living in rural communities were not taken into account when the plan to build giant electricity pylons up through the country was drawn up.
“They want to rule from Dublin and tell you what is good for you here in Tipperary, ”he said adding; “I want to change that. I want to bring the voice of the ordinary man and woman in Tipperary to the European Parliament where I believe we can make a real difference.”
Mr Hartley also pointed to job losses in the towns of the county saying these had not been replaced. “I will fight for jobs for Tipperary and the South East in Brussels.”