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Rural Development

If Ireland is to have vibrant local communities then Government must support the provision of services that are vital for small, struggling communities across rural Ireland.

Social Justice Ireland welcomes the news that 37% of IDA-led investments were in regions outside Dublin and Cork in 2014.  This is an improvement on the 2013 figure of 30%, but Social Justice Ireland reminds the Government that €200m must be invested in high-speed broadband outside Ireland’s major cities to create vital and sustainable employment by indigenous companies and multinational firms. 

The Commission for the Econonomic Development of Rural Areas has just published a report on Rural Ireland entitled 'Energising Ireland's Rural Economy'.

Issues relating to depopulation,changing demographic, rural services, new rural development strategy, natural resources, rural development funding, under- employment, investment in local communities are discussed in the podcast. 

Commission for the Econonomic Development of Rural Areas report on Rural Ireland entitled 'Energising Ireland's Rural Economy' published in April 2014.

Dr Patricia O’Hara presented a paper at Social Justice Ireland's Social Policy Conference 2013 entitled ‘What Future for the Regions?’ The paper examines the regions during the boom and after the collapse and policy options for the future.

The paper is available to download below.

Dr Patricia O’Hara presented a paper at Social Justice Ireland's Social Policy Conference 2013 entitled ‘What Future for the Regions?’ The paper examines the regions during the boom and after the collapse and policy options for the future.

The paper is available here.

Presentation and Q & A are available to view below.

'What Future for the Regions?' - paper presented by Dr. Patricia O'Hara at Social Justice Ireland's social policy conference 2013 'A Future Worth Living For'.

The CSO Report ‘Regional Quality of Life in Ireland, 2013’ highlights some of the differences in income distribution, employment, education and housing between urban and rural areas. 

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