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

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.

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. Continue reading“Irish Rural Link disappointed by Bank of Ireland’s banking restrictions.”

Irish Rural Link states cuts to Bus Eireann’s services will lead to further isolation in Rural Areas.

Irish Rural Link- – the national network representing the interest of rural communities is disappointed by Bus Eireann’s announcement that they are planning to cut almost 100 services in rural towns and villages. Bus Eireann plan to cut their daily services from 198 to 105 each day, leaving many rural communities at risk of isolation

Irish Rural Link continues to call for a public enquiry into Bus Eireann to identify which routes are subsidised by public finances, how much each route is receiving and which routes are profitable. Without this information it is difficult to understand the scale of the problem and possible solutions.

Irish Rural Link also continues to call on Government to create an assigned protocol for the closures of rural services such as bus routes, schools, banks, post offices etc. IRL has repeatedly stated that any proposed bus service cuts should only be acted on when a proper socio economic assessment of its impact on the well being of local communities is assessed.

For further information, please contact (anytime):
Seamus Boland (Chief Executive) 0862491153 or James Claffey (Policy and Communication Officer)


About Irish Rural Link:
Irish Rural Link represents the interests of locally based rural groups in disadvantaged and marginalised rural areas by highlighting problems, advocating appropriate policies, sharing experiences and examples of good practice. It has a membership of nearly 500 rural community groups dedicated to sustainable rural development and represents rural communities at a national and international level.