Rural Ireland is under threat from by the flight of services and businesses from towns and villages, according to a Fine Gael candidate.
But speaking at this campaign launch for the Borris-in-Ossory Mr John Finlay said solutions would not be easy to find.
“Irish towns and villages and their rural hinterland are under threat. The local post office, bank and garda stations can no longer be taken for granted. There is no easy solution to what is known as the ‘flight from the land’ and this is of great concern to us all,” he said.
He spoke of the need for each person to shop locally supporting local businesses in order to sustain a more vibrant place for local people to live, work and socialise in.
He said Laois has “the essential fabric to build a better future, a more sustainable future.” He felt that the way to ensure a sustainable rural economy was using ‘a bottoms up approach with top down support ‘ from the county council and other agencies.
If elected he said he would welcome the opportunity to serve on Laois County Council as an elected representative.