10

Oct

IRL Information Day ‘Services in Rural Areas’ Buswells Hotel, 27th September

Approx. 50 TD’s Senators attended the information briefing throughout the day. Minister Jim Daly, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People spoke at the event. He outlined the importance of Meals on Wheels Services across the country and he is pushing for this service to be delivered the length and breadth of the country. He answered questions and listened to issues from groups who provide various services to older people in the community.

The information day, allowed members of the oireachtas to drop in at time that suited them and chat about the issues but also the opportunities in rural areas and about some of the services, such as Meals on Wheels, Rural Transport – Local Link and Community education services as well as services for women.  It also gave an overview of the various projects and programmes IRL are involved in and delivering as well as EU Projects 

Some of the groups in attendance were Local Link representatives, Flexibus – Local Link Meath, Louth and Fingal, Longford Women’s Link, Africa Caribbean Diaspora Centre, Community Wetlands Forum and Meals on Wheels Network.

Minister Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment also dropped by and spoke with Mary Keyes – Coordinator of Getting Citizens Online and IT Skills for Farmers computer programmes.

 

17

Sep

Irish Rural Link Publish Rebuttal of the Government Report on Local Public Banking in Ireland

Irish Rural Link Publish Rebuttal of the Government Report on Local Public Banking in Ireland

Following the publication of the Joint Report on Local Public Banking in July, IRL have today published a rebuttal to this report outlining some of the misinterpretation of our proposal of what a Local Public Banking Model would look like in Ireland. A copy of the press release is available here and full rebuttal is available here

09

Jul

CLÁR funding of €2.78 million for Play Areas in rural communities

Minister Ring announces further CLÁR funding of €2.78 million for Play Areas in rural communities
Michael Ring T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development, today announced €2.78million for 130 play areas and multi-use games areas (MUGAs) in rural communities under the CLÁR Programme 2018.

Minister Ring said: “I am delighted to be in a position to announce funding under the CLÁR programme of €2.78 million for play areas in rural communities. This follows on from last week’s announcement of funding of €4.8 million for safety measures around schools and community facilities in CLÁR areas.

“I have again decided that all applications that qualify under the Play Areas Measure of the programme will receive funding this year. These projects will make the areas in which they are located more attractive places for families to live in and settle, in line with the aim of the CLÁR programme.”

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09

Jul

Call for proposals under new €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund Supports

Minister Ring launches call for proposals under new €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund Supports, which will start at €500,000, will strengthen rural communities and economies and improve quality of life

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, T.D., today launched the first call for proposals under the Government’s new Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

The Fund will provide €1 billion in investment over the next 10 years to support the renewal of small towns, villages and outlying rural areas, as part of Project Ireland 2040. Initial funding of €315 million is being allocated to the Fund on a phased basis over the period 2019 to 2022. The Fund will be administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

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09

Jul

Call for more Investment in Rural Transport following Drink Driving Bill being passed in Dáil

Irish Rural Link Call for more Investment in Rural Transport following Drink Driving Bill being passed in Dáil

Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities are cautiously welcoming today’s passing of the new Drink Driving Bill in the Dáil.

While we welcome that this Bill will go some way towards reducing the number of deaths on our roads, it has really highlighted how much people in rural areas are dependent on a car to get them places due to the complete lack of a robust public transport system.

IRL welcome the extension of the Local Link services to evenings and weekends, but this is a pilot scheme with a very short timeframe. Also, it is not servicing every town and village nor some of the more rural counties.

While we understand that a bus cannot go down every by road, there needs to be more supports for a rural car or hackney scheme for communities so people can access some form of transport. The Bill doesn’t just impact on people going to the pub but also can impact on them the morning after driving to work or college.

IRL are calling for real investment by Government to be now made in rural transport – and a range of appropriate transport models for areas to ensure people do not become further isolated or further removed from employment and other services.

09

Jul

GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO THEIR PROPOSAL FOR A PUBLIC BANKING MODEL IN IRLEAND

IRISH RURAL LINK WELCOME GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO THEIR PROPOSAL FOR A PUBLIC BANKING MODEL IN IRLEAND.

Irish Rural Link (IRL) are today welcoming the announcement by Government that they are establishing a stakeholder consultation group to fully investigate a model of public community banking for Ireland.  CEO of IRL, Seamus Boland in welcoming today’s announcement said, “IRL are delighted that the Government and Minister O’Donoghue have re-affirmed their commitment to a public banking model for Ireland.  IRL brought this proposal to Government when the country was in the midst of the worst economic crisis in the history of our State, when SME’s were closing as a result of the inability to access funding and in a period when the pillar banks had not only failed but had bankrupt the country in the process.  IRL recognised the need to explore a third tier of banking similar to the relationship models of banking which had survived the test of time throughout Europe and who had continued to support and grow local enterprises throughout times of economic turbulence.”

He continued, “IRL have firmly put the requirement for a public banking model in Ireland on the Government’s agenda, by not only ensuring its inclusion in the Programme for Government, but also in our continuous lobbying at National level through politicians, chambers of commerce and business groups and today is recognition by Government that they have listened to the needs of the greater community, the need for a relationship banking model, the need for access to finance for SMEs and the need for a model of banking that is regionally based and one which will be sustainable and robust in periods of economic turbulence.”

What next?  Seamus concluded by confirming that the next stage in this investigative process is the establishment of a stakeholder forum to consider all existing models of public banking and to ascertain which model or combination of models would be most suited to Ireland and he says that “Irish Rural Link as the organisation who have brought this proposal to the table and as the organisation who has ensured that the need for public banking is firmly on the Government’s agenda now welcomes the opportunity to continue to work with Government and all stakeholders as part of this investigative forum and look forward to the establishment of public community banking in this country.”