Submission to National Planning Framework – Ireland 2040: Our Plan

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Louise Lennon

The development of Ireland 2040 plan is a real opportunity for this Government to set the groundwork for a more sustainable country which allows every part of the country to grow and develop equally with equal opportunities available to all regardless of whether living in an urban or rural area……….full submission click Here

Submission on Local Public Banking

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Louise Lennon

The impact of the recession and austerity budgets that followed is still being felt in many rural areas and have not seen the same level of economic growth or employment as more urban areas have over the past couple of years.┬áSmall and Medium sized companies are the backbone of rural areas and are a key employer. However, since the financial crash, a lack of credit circulating was the main factor affecting communities as SMEs in particular tried to survive the economic downturn. The closing of many rural bank branches compounded the feeling of abandonment by the banks in these communities………full submission available Here

Submission to National Women’s Strategy 2017-2020

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Louise Lennon

Women living in rural areas face many of the same difficulties and challenges as women living in urban areas. However these difficulties can be exacerbated in terms of access to services, experience of social exclusion and disadvantage and opportunities for economic independence. The recognition of different needs according to levels of disadvantage and/or geographic location is critical.┬áThe lack of services, such as affordable childcare, public transport and good quality broadband infrastructure limits opportunities for women and increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion, especially marginalised groups of women in rural areas…….full submission available here