He goes on to outline the issues to be addressed through social policies:
“Across the island there are over 1 million people who are education poor. One in four Irish adults have some form of literacy problem. In this state over 54,000 thousand families are on local authority housing waiting lists. In the six counties it is estimated that 2000 people die prematurely every year because of poverty and that over a quarter of households in the North are enduring poverty and deprivation. Throughout rural Ireland but particularly in the West and North West whole communities and even regions are suffering underdevelopment and neglect.”
And he widens the context, by outlining the need to work on infrastructure:
“This is occurring not just in the provision of health and education but also in vital infrastructures like power, transport and the new information and communication technologies that will be the cornerstone of the island economy in the future.”
Previously the past.