Deal demands better focus on rural Ireland initiatives

New Galway East TD Sean Canney with his wife Gearldine.
New Galway East TD Sean Canney with his wife Gearldine.

A concession on turf cutting, an examination of the decision to close rural Garda stations and post offices – as well as flood alleviation – are all on the shopping list for at least two of Galway’s independent TDs before any agreement to support a new Government.

Both Michael Fitzmaurice from Glinsk and Sean Canney from Tuam have been in discussions with the main parties since the general election with a view to securing their support.

They are part of the six-strong Independent Alliance which also includes Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and Shane Ross – but top of their list concerns they have regarding rural Ireland.

It is understood that part of any deal would see some concession on the whole turf cutting controversy, while the issue of the closure of rural Garda Stations and rural post offices are also high on the agenda.

Deputy Canney said that so too was the recent flooding crisis and added that many farmers and individual householders were still suffering.

The Independent Alliance will hold further discussions with the parties and Deputy Canney emphasised that they were not demanding ministerial positions but just a better deal for rural Ireland.

They are demanding, however, that there will be a full Minister for Rural Affairs appointed once the new government is formed.

Deputy Canney added that it was being suggested that a TD in each constituency would report back to this department.