I am 21 years old, this is my first time to vote in an election. The content of the videos I see promoted for the Fine Gael European and local candidates makes me cringe.
My heart breaks for my fellow people of rural Ireland.
Fine Gael’s videos talk about “creativity”, “inclusivity”, “going in the right direction”, “going forward”; all of these buzz words mean nothing to me.
When my peers and I qualify from college in a few years time we won’t be hanging around the bogs of Galway and Mayo.
We’ll be gone eastwards in search of jobs and most of us will never again return to the county that gave us birth and education.
Here in rural Ireland, the farmers want a better price for beef, we want broadband, and we want jobs.
All Fine Gael seem prepared to offer us is inclusivity, creativity and a journey in the right direction.
Indeed the very statement that rural Ireland needs inclusivity suggests they’ve excluded us for the previous term that they’ve been in government.
This reader's opinion was originally published in the letters page of the Irish Examiner print edition on May 16, 2019.