“I was glad to speak about to the Rural Equality Bill 2017, in the Dáil this evening. Just like us Dubs, communities of ordinary people in rural in Ireland have been hammered by government policies of neoliberalism. In other words, as long as it allows them to turn their back on ‘unprofitable services’, or if it turns a buck for some fatcat – like privatising transport, decimating the small-time fishing industry, closing the post offices, then its fine. Rural and urban communities have to stick together and challenge these rotten priorities”.Brid Smith

In Dail Eireann, Bríd spoke up not only for tillage farmers but against the decades of neglect and continued undermining of rural communities – eg post office closures and transport cuts. More recently the threat posed by banks and ‘vulutre funds’ give lie to the government’s concern for rural issues – FF & FG support these vultures a lot quicker than they do small farmers and rural communites.