IRL Seminar on Rural Isolation Presentations Print

Irish Rural Link in partnership with the EU Parliament Information Office Dublin hosted a seminar entitled ‘Rural Isolation- the Solutions’ on Friday the 11th of April in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey. The seminar boasted a large crowd in attendance, many of whom were local community groups who wanted to raise their concerns at the increasing problem of isolation in rural areas. The seminar had presentations from

Click here for gallery

 Sample Image        Sample Image

Read more...
 
IRL ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014 Print

Irish Rural Link (IRL) - the national group campaigning for sustainable rural communities, will hold our Annual Conference titled; Rural Learning – Access to education and skills training
in Moate on Friday 9th May 2014  The Conference will be opened by Ciaran Cannon TD, Minister of State for Training & Skills at the Department of Education and Skills

 Click here for Booking Form

Read more...
 
IRL WELCOMES CEDRA REPORT Print

April 15th 2014

IRL welcomes CEDRA Report

Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities welcomes the Commission for Economic Development of Rural Area’s (CEDRA) report entitled “Energising Ireland’s Rural Economy” stating that it can provide some much needed direction toward job creation and long term sustainability.

This report acknowledges that rural towns and villages have suffered significantly from the economic crisis where unemployment increased by 192% while unemployment increased by 114% in urban areas. The recommendations if implemented correctly can help rural Ireland to reach its maximum potential and contribute to the economic recovery of Ireland as a whole. One of the primary recommendations set out in the report is that one government department should take sole responsibility for rural issues as it allows for accountability to be taken and decisions to be made in a cohesive manner.

Irish Rural Link must issue an air of caution with this report stating that if the government does not implement the recommendations outlined in the report the work of the Commission will have been in vain. IRL welcomes Minister Phil Hogan’s commitment to the formation of an implementation group expressing that the recommendations of the report need to be implemented in a timely and practical manner.


Ends                                                                                                                                             

For further information, please contact (anytime):
Seamus Boland (Chief Executive) 0862491153 or James Claffey (Policy and Communication Officer)
0872819741

 
SHOUT STOP! Register your Interest Print

If you want to do something about ending town and village decline in your area, then register by emailing : SHOUT STOP!   'I want to end the decline of my town/ my village' including your name to:

  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

FOR MORE ON SHOUT STOP click here

 
Septic Tanks Guide & Tips Print
For Septic Tanks Guide and Tips click here
 
IRL unsurprised that over half Septic Tanks failed inspections Print

IRL unsurprised that over half of septic tanks failed inspections.
Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is unsurprised by the latest figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency which state that over half of the septic tanks inspected nationally have failed the first round of testing.

Read more...
 
IRL AGM & Elections to the Board Print
Irish Rural Link will be holding its Annual General Meeting on May 9th as part of a conference titled Rural Learning Opportunities.
Nominations are now open for election to the Board of Irish Rural Link and must reach us by May 1st.
 
If you are interested in shaping policies that affect rural communities in terms of our aim which is to promote rural sustainable communities, we would like to invite you to consider putting your name forward.
 
Five new Board members will be elected at IRL’s Annual General Meeting on Friday, 9th May 2014. If you believe you could be one of them or if you know a person associated with a Full Member organisation of IRL who would be suitable, then please click here for more information and a nomination form. (Please note that completed nomination forms must be returned to us on or before 1st May 2014.)
 
If there are more than five eligible nominations received by the deadline, an election will be held on the day of the AGM.
I hope that this email might encourage you to consider membership of the board.
If you require further information you can contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or at the 0906482744. All nominations should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Rural Isolation - The Solutions - Presentations & Photo's Print

Irish Rural Link in partnership with the EU Parliament  Information office Dublin, hosted a seminar Media & Policy Officer James Claffey with Guest Speaker Michéal O'Muircheartaighentitled Rural Isolation- The Solutions on Friday the 28th of February in the West County Hotel in Ennis. The seminar boasted a large crowd in attendance many of which were local community groups who wanted to raise their concerns at the increasing problem of isolation in rural areas. The seminar had presentations from Míchéal Ó' Muircheartaigh, Dr. Patrick Collin NUIG, Dr. Anne Cleary UCD and Darina Greene, Clare Local Development Company. Following the presentations from the four speakers, round table discussion were held to discuss possible solutions in reducing rural isolation, the results of which will be published in a forthcoming report. It was acknowledged by everyone in attendance that the seminar raised a lot of issues surrounding rural isolation as well as methods in reducing the problem. This seminar also raised the issue at a national scale as well as a local level with RTÉ News and the Sunday Independent covering the event.

For Agenda & Speaker Profiles click here

Dr. Ann Cleary UCD Paper click here

Dr.Pat Collins NUIG click here

Darina Green Clare Local Development click here

Gallery

 
Final Report from the Working Group on Citizens Engagement with Local Government Print

Final Report from the Working Group on Citizens Engagement with Local Government

Click here