"Irish Rural Link welcomes the opportunity to make this submission on a new National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems 2015-2017 and recognises the committed work of the Environmental Protection Agency and local authorities. The opportunity to contribute is widely welcomed as septic tank inspections are an area of concern for rural residents especially."
December 2014 marked a change in Irish society, the small community of Ferbane in west Offaly decided to rally together to stop the closure of their Ulster Bank branch. Over a thousand people from the locality turned out on the streets to show their commitment to Ulster Bank with a further show of solidarity scheduled for Friday 23th January in Athlone. (See www.Ferbane.ie for more details)
Ulster Bank have previously stated it would not close a branch in a town where it is the only Bank. Ulster Bank must honour this statement; the impact of such closures has a devastating effect on rural communities such as Ferbane. The residents of Ferbane and the surrounding areas have built a 94 year relationship with Ulster Bank that must be retained. [Read more…] about West Offaly takes a stand against Ulster Bank.
Irish Rural Link welcomes the opportunity to make this submission on a new National Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention and recognises the committed work of the National Office of Suicide Prevention towards reducing the high suicide rate in Ireland. The opportunity to contribute is widely welcomed as the last strategy was published nearly a decade ago and it is fair to say that Ireland has experienced significant economic and social change since 2005. Suicide and mental health issues have emerged as a real problem in world society not just Ireland. Suicide is now among the top leading causes of deaths globally for all age groups. Unofficially in Ireland on average there are now 10 deaths by suicide a week or 526 in 2013 while officially the CSO stated there were 554 deaths by suicide in 2011. In the period from 1st of January to 31st of December 2012, the registry recorded 12,010 deliberate self presentations to hospital. The reason behind listing these statistics is to emphasise the need for action to combat the high level of deaths by suicide in Ireland. Irish Rural Link Submission to National Office for Suicide Prevention (pdf)
Irish Rural Link’s submission to the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government on their Statement of Strategy 2015 (pdf).
Carnegie UK Trust has long championed the work of rural communities across the and organisations across the UK and Ireland. Their new publication A Manifesto for Rural Communities sets out some very positive opportunities for rural communities (and indeed communities everywhere) to survive and thrive during what are proving to be turbulent times.
This publication draws upon a rich source of evidence from real places and explores some of the most pressing challenges facing rural communities.
Click here to download the Manifesto for Rural Communities or
Click here to download the accompanying Press Release
Irish Rural Link’s submission to the Interdepartmental/agency working group on Energy Affordability is available here pdf
The consultation paper on which the submission is based can be downloaded here .