Young Farmers Walk 79km Highli...


Young Farmers Walk 79km Highlighting Issues In Rural Communities

Ciara Noble
Ciara Noble

12:58 26 Apr 2023

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Members of rural youth organisation, Macra na Feirme, are finishing a 16-hour journey to government buildings this lunchtime.

They walked 79 kilometres from Athy, in Kildare to the capital, to highlight several issues - including housing and healthcare.

On arrival, members will present a letter to the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Micheal Martin outlining their key concerns.

The main issues:

1.       Accessing affordable housing and cumbersome housing planning guidelines
2.      Disjointed and sparse healthcare services for rural communities
3.      The Government's definition of a family farm as ‘average’ and ‘typical’
4.      No recognition or engagement by Government on a farming succession scheme
5.      Lack of planning for the future of our rural communities informed by rural people
6.      Imposition of quotas on young farmers availing of grant aid support
7.      Lack of public transport for rural Ireland
8.      Proposals to rewet large areas of rural Ireland

The Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has said he will meet members on arrival.

He insists the coalition is working to ensure a bright future for young people in rural communities.

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