The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) are frightening: 363,000 people are at risk of poverty; 486,000 are suffering deprivation; and 138,000 are living in constant poverty — double that of four years ago.
There will be a public forum in the Green Glens Arena, in Millstreet, on October 18, to discuss the ‘Future of Rural Ireland’. Topics will include energy, agriculture, fishing, tourism, broadband and education.
There will be no politicians. Dr Jerry Cowley MD, Dr Brendan O’Keeffe, University of Limerick, Dr.Geraldine Mooney, Simme, of the University of Limerick’s faculty of education and health science, Dr Elizabeth Hourihane, National Citizens’ Movement representative, Claudia Kennedy, of TUI, and Maura Walsh, of IRD Duhallow, are among those who will be speaking.