Tolerance for a rural way of life

Rural Ireland is not always a quiet idyll.

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Rural rejuvenation is a prize worth fighting for

The rejuvenation of rural Ireland at a time of unprecedented change in social and economic life is a great challenge for citizens and policymakers alike, writes Joe Gill.

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One restaurant closing every week since VAT hike, lobby group claims

The Restaurants Association of Ireland says the increase - from 9%to 13.5% - has led to an average of one restaurant closing down every week.

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'Rural community officers needed to prevent young people being recruited by gangs'

More community police officers are needed to stop young people in rural areas being recruited by gangs according to the Oireachtas Justice Committee.

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Uber-style transport regime could lead to assaults, rape or even murder, taxi driver group says

A body representing taxi drivers has suggested allowing an Uber-style transport regime would put passengers at danger of assault, rape or even murder at the hand of unlicensed drivers.

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Ideas to bring life back to hollowed-out rural towns

Re-energising and revitalising rural towns and villages have been common themes in this column over the past 10 years.

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Risks from automation: Rural areas need vision to survive

If Percy French were alive today he would probably be tempted to add a verse or two to his famous song, ‘Come Back Paddy Reilly To Ballyjamesduff’.

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Courage needed to rekindle rural Ireland

We are now at a point where the decline of small Irish towns will continue and accelerate, writes Michael Clifford.

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'Every county' to benefit from €62m rural regeneration funding

€62 million has been announced for rural regeneration across the country.

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€10m funding for new scheme to improve rural roads

The Local Improvement Scheme covers back roads that help people to access their homes and farms.

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Minister Daly to press for 'uber-style' rural taxi services

Rural drivers should be given new licences which allow them to pick up passengers for a set price within 15km of their homes in a bid to clamp down on ongoing drink driving concerns.

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Uber-style service is a great idea for rural Ireland

RP O’Donnell is convinced the app-based taxi system would, as Jim Daly TD suggests, be a godsend for rural Ireland.

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Readers’ blog: The apparently ‘most efficient’ is not always ‘the best’

The cost to benefit analysis modelling could have indicated we have to maintain efficiency at a “peak efficacy” through removal of small rural post offices. Letter communication and basic services are constrained. And so it was early in the 1970s around closures of small rural schools. Small communities were further reduced.

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Gardaí in Limerick launch text alert system to fight rural crime

Gardaí in Co Limerick have launched a new text alert system which specifically allows drivers from a fleet of signed-up companies to report any suspicious activity they may witness in rural areas.

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Community Services Programme given €1 million boost

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has announced that he has approved funding in excess of €1 million to continue the Community Services Programme (CSP) Support Fund.

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New series explores Ireland's remote townlands and its people

A new series from Síle Nic Chonaonaigh has the TG4 presenter visiting Ireland’s smallest geographical unit, writes Pet Connell

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'It's about connecting people' - Fine Gael TD calls for Local Link scheme to be extended

The Local Link Rural Transport Programme is a nationwide rural bus service which operates between rural areas and local towns and villages.

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Rural towns need a real fighting chance

Last month western Canada lost a lifeline when Greyhound Canada closed bus services in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and cancelled all but one route in British Columbia.

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€24m funding announced for 18 projects as part of Rural Regeneration scheme

The Government has announced €24.4 million in funding for 18 projects as part of its Rural Regeneration and Development scheme.

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€8m funding for greenways and outdoor recreation projects

18 projects are being funded by the government under the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

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Reader's Blog: Post office closures kill life blood of rural ireland

We have had it up to our eyeballs with a presidential puke feast for the last few weeks, but it’s what’s been

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Pilot scheme announced to encourage families to return to living in town centres

Six rural towns are to receive €100,000 each to encourage families to return to living in town centres, Minister Michael Ring has announced.

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€8m investment for libraries to upgrade digital services and facilities

The money will go towards buying iPads, tablets and smart devices, as well as software to support design, gaming, coding and podcasting.

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160 post offices set to close in months with rural areas most affected

Areas in rural Cork and Kerry left facing 20km-plus round trips

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New funding of €1bn to revive rural areas

Proposals have been invited for a government scheme to revive rural areas with funding of €1bn from 2019 to 2027.

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McGrath slams Shane Ross for 'detachment from rural life' on learner driver legislation

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has accused the Minister for Transport Shane Ross of going “off the deep end in terms of a detachment from rural life” over the proposed punishments for unaccompanied learner drivers.

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Rural Ireland 'possibly not fit for purpose', admits Minister

Minister for Rural Economic Development Anne Phelan has admitted that rural Ireland is no longer "fit for purpose".

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