New Opportunities for Female Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Micheal Creed launches a second year of ACORNS, a CEDRA funded initiative for rural based female entrepreneurs. To learn more follow link https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/press/pressreleases/2016/august/title,99176,en.html
IRL Attend Launch of Town and Village Renewal Scheme
IRL attended the launch of the new Town and Village Renewal Scheme on 9th August 2016. The scheme was launched by Minister Humphreys with €10m available to Local Authorities to support the regeneration of rural towns and villages. More information about the scheme is available on http://www.merrionstreet.ie/en/Gallery/Images/Minister_Humphreys_launches_Town_and_Village_Renewal_Scheme_.html
Planning Day for Trainers of BenefIT 4
IRL Recent Planning Day for Trainers of BenefIT 4 Computer Training Programme
Benefit IIII Basic Computer Training
Irish Rural Link’s basic computer training course is aimed at people who have never used a computer before with the main objective to get more people online and being able to send an email, Skype with friends and family around the world. To date, IRL have delivered the basic computer training to over 4,500 participants around the country for all different age groups. Irish Rural Link aims to deliver the Benefit 4 Computer Training to the most isolated areas including the islands. Classes are free, and ran over four weeks one morning per week for two hours. Classes are aimed at people working in the rural community, farmers, senior citizens, unemployed or part-time employed people.
New classes commencing in September 2016. To book a class near you or to read more click on Benefit IIII Basic Computer Training Information
IRL and NRN Meet Minister Humphreys at recent Launch of Leader Development Programme 2014-2020
IRL’s Seamus Boland and NRN’s James Claffey and Dr. Maura Farrell Meeting Minister Humphreys at recent Launch of Leader Development Programme 2014-2020 on Friday 8th July 2016.
The recent revelations about the governance of Console have come as another shock to the Charity and Community & Voluntary Sector and many of you may be concerned about the negative impact these shocking abuses will have on both your individual organisation and the wider sector. It is extremely disturbing, especially after all the good work done in recent years on good governance and committing to openness and transparency.
Read more here Update Console
Irish Rural Link appoints Louise Lennon as Policy and Communications Officer.
Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is
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
NEW CONSORTIUM APPOINTED TO RUN
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