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Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by IRL

Irish Rural Link appoints Louise Lennon as Policy and Communications Officer.

Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is

IMG_1922pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Lennon, who has taken over as their Policy and Communications Officer from James Claffey now Project Manager of National Rural Network.

Louise joins Irish Rural Link from the Simon Communities of Ireland where she worked as Policy Assistant within the Policy and Communications team for the past four years. During her time with the Simon Communities, Louise has developed various policy submissions to relevant Government Departments and produced research papers on behalf of Simon Communities in Ireland, including ‘Left Out In the Cold: A Review of Rural Homelessness in Ireland’ as well as ‘Locked out of the Market’ reports which looked at the gap between Rent Supplement/Housing Assistance Payment limits and market rents in 11 locations, both urban and rural, across the country. Louise is also experienced in briefing members of the media and liaising with public representatives and their offices.

Louise Lennon said “I am delighted to be appointed Policy and Communications Officer for Irish Rural Link and look forward to continuing the work of Irish Rural Link in representing the interest of rural communities.

Inspiration Event: Erasmus+ for Rural Youth Work

Date: 22 June 2016
Time: 11:00 – 15:00
Location: Eiscir Rida Community Centre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Join us for a thematic inspiration morning for organisations and youth workers supporting young people from rural areas to engage in International Activities.

In partnership with Youth Work Ireland – Midlands, we hope that this event will provide answers to the questions you have about Erasmus+ Youth in Action activities and that you discover some projects that you and your youth group can get involved in with funding available from Erasmus +.

We have a packed morning planned with inputs from youth organisations working in rural areas sharing their experiences of working with this target group and engaging with Erasmus+ Youth in Action!

Participation is free, with lunch provided



IRL Annual Conference 2016 – Presentations

‘Community Wetlands, a threat or an opportunity for Rural Communities’

Friday 6th May, 2016, The Grand Hotel, Moate, Co. Westmeath.  for gallery go to Events page

Tadhg O’Mahony EPA, Community Wetlands, A Threat or an Opportunity

Chris Uys Community Wetlands – A community Perspective PPT

Management, Planning, Conservation & Restoration of Natura2000 Sites by Suzanne Nally NPWS, DAHG

Moate Presentation-Wetlands Oral Histories 6th May 2016



IRELAND’S NATIONAL RURAL NETWORK (NRN). The Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of a new consortium led by Irish Rural Link, supported by The Wheel, NUI Galway and Philip Farrelly & Co. to run Ireland’s National Rural Network this week

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NRN April Newsletter








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