Sinn Féin calls for 'rural-proofed' policy on jobs and farming
on 26/09/2013 11:20:20
The party is calling on the coalition to establish a jobs retention fund and measures to encourage emigrants to return home.
Sinn Fein wants more supports for small farmers and incentives to attract younger people to farming.
Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships, the party leader Gerry Adams said future policies must cater for rural life.
"What we're arguing for is for Government policies to be rural-proofed," Adams said.
"We're looking for the government to put together a proper jobs retention fund that will assist folks who live in rural Ireland, to stay in rural Ireland, and to be in employment."
Adams said the party was also calling for a strategy to be developed to "bring people back" from emigration.