RURAL West Cork is facing a major population problem that needs to be addressed immediately according to independent TD Michael Collins who made the comments following the publication of the first draft of results from the CSO and Census 2016.
The Census results, dealing with population numbers in the West Cork Municipal Area, reveal a clear divide between rural and urban areas of West Cork.
“While those towns and regions closer to Cork City and with access to the basic services such as broadband and a reliable mobile phone service have seen an increase in the numbers of people living in Bandon, Kinsale, Clonakilty and Skibbereen further to the West the rural communities are facing a downward spiral as more and more people are forced to leave to access opportunities and services,” Deputy Collins said.
“It is shocking to see towns and villages along the Wild Atlantic Way, on the peninsulas and the islands, showing a decrease in the numbers of people living and as such working in these areas,” Deputy Collins said.
‘A major town such as Bantry and the popular tourist village of Glengarriff have all seen a drop in the numbers of people living in their areas. I am amazed that Ireland’s busiest farming town has also record a decrease in people living there. We need to act now before it is too late for the rural communities who feel they are being left behind,” Deputy Collins said.