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Taoiseach denies rural Ireland is dead

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has denied that rural Ireland’s economy is ‘dead’.

He responded following comments by retired Bishop of Elphin Christy Jones that most towns in the west were more alive socially and economically in the 1940’s and 1950’s than they are today.

Bishop Jones made his comments when speaking at the Western Regional Development Conference in Ballaghaderreen.

Mr Kenny has admitted there have been financial ‘catastrophes’ but claims it’s all about to change.

Mr Kenny says large international investment will help development outside our big cities.

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