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MICRO SME Training Press Release

Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by Maria Pettit

29th January 2018

Irish Rural Link in Malaga for the third Meeting of the MICRO Project

Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities was in Malaga on January 25th and 26th for the third Meeting of Enhancing Competitiveness of Microenterprises in Rural Areas (MICRO) in Brussels, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships for Vocational and Educational Training.

MICRO is implemented by 7 partners from 6 countries (Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia and Spain).

The idea behind MICRO is to sustain the growth and competitiveness of rural microenterprises by developing practical training resources and a dedicated Open Educational Resource (OER Platform).  The platform will initially contain short focused online training on topics suggested from a consultation with microenterprises in rural areas in each of the 6 participating countries.

During the meeting, partners revised the OER Platform and finalized the training courses developed under IO3. Furthermore, they agreed upon timeline and delivering of trainings under IO4 – Test and Validation.

An important issue discussed in the meeting was Dissemination activities. Partners are strongly committed to give great visibility to the Project, a dedicated Multiplier Event will be held in each Project country during the next months in addition to ordinary online and offline Dissemination activities.

Irish Rural Link (Lead Partner) founded in 1991, is a national network of organisations and individuals advocating for sustainable rural development in Ireland and Europe.  IRL, a non-profit organization has grown significantly since its inception and now directly represents over 600 community groups and individuals with a combined membership of 25,000.  The network provides a structure through which rural groups and individuals representing disadvantaged rural communities, can articulate their common needs and priorities, share their experiences and present their case to policy makers at local, national and EU level.  As Lead partner, IRL is responsible for the management and coordination of the Micro Project.

For further information about MICRO project, contact us:

Maria Pettit & Siobhan Kinahan

Tel: 090 6482744


Visit our website:     Or MICRO website:


IRL Launch Report on Poverty and Social Inclusion in Rural Ireland

Posted on: October 19th, 2016 by Louise Lennon


Irish Rural Link launched report “Poverty and Social Inclusion: The Case for Rural Ireland” on the 18th October to mark UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The report highlights that poverty and social exclusion is not just an urban issue and is very much evident in rural areas. It can be exacerbated in a rural setting due to the lack of services, such as transport, broadband and low-paid employment.

The full report is available here

Findings of the report were presented in Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2 where TD’S and Senators were invited to attend.

In the picture above are Seamus Boland, IRL and Tara Farrell, Longford Women’s Link and Board of IRL with Deputy Trevor O Clochartaigh, TD Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, TD and Deputy Danny Healy-Rae, TD

Inaugural National Rural Network Annual Conference

Posted on: October 4th, 2016 by Maria Pettit

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‘European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture: Linking people, ideas and practice’

Explaining European Innovation Partnerships – The Irish Approach under the Rural Development Programme

Friday 14th October, 9am – 1.30pm

The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone

Attendance is free but booking is essential