Press Releases

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:


All Europe shall Live! The rural people of Europe assert their rights

Posted on: November 11th, 2015 by IRL

A gathering of 240 people representing rural communities from 40 European countries, meeting at the second European Rural Parliament, approved an ambitious European Rural Manifesto, it called for full recognition of the right of rural communities to a quality of life and standard of living equal to that of urban populations, and to full participation in political processes

Read more:
European Rural Parliament 2015 – Press Release (pdf)

European Rural Manifesto 2015

For more information contact IRL (090)6482744

Irish Rural Link disappointed by Bank of Ireland’s banking restrictions.

Posted on: November 6th, 2015 by IRL

Irish Rural Link- – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is disappointed by Bank of Ireland’s announcement that they are restricting cash withdrawals and lodgements in its branches. Customers will no longer be allowed to withdraw cash with a teller unless the amount is more than €700 while the bank has limited cash deposits and cheque lodgements with the assistance of a staff member to amounts over €3,000.

Irish Rural Link believes these restrictions will negatively affect people especially those who don’t have the resources or capacity to use online banking or self service devices. Many rural areas do not have sufficient levels of broadband to access online banking while many people are untrained to use the facilities. (more…)