Key Priorities

The main objective of Irish Rural Link is to address the economic, social and cultural needs of rural people and communities, especially those most marginalised
The founders were concerned that rural communities were voiceless in relation to the major policy and decision making areas and felt that constructive action was needed to address the variety of problems facing rural Ireland

Vision Statement

Irish Rural Link’s vision is of vibrant, inclusive and sustainable rural communities that contribute to an equitable and just society.


Our mission is to influence national and European development policies and programmes in favour of those who are marginalized as a result of poverty and social exclusion in rural areas.

In order to achieve its vision and mission statements Irish Rural Link has the following objectives

  • To articulate and facilitate the voices of rural communities, especially those experiencing poverty and social exclusion, in local, regional, national and European policy areas
  • To promote local and community development in rural communities
  • To critique and disseminate models of rural development, which address issues of poverty, social exclusion, equality and sustainability
  • To develop the organisation and management of IRL in a manner which is inclusive, participatory and sustainable.
  • To inform public opinion on matters impacting on rural communities and sustainable rural development.
  • To influence decision-making in areas relating to rural communities and sustainable rural development.