Minister McHugh secures more than €2million funding for a new library for Donegal

Donegal TD Joe McHugh has secured a €2.1million investment to develop a new community facility housing a public library, a family resource centre and An Foróige in Donegal Town.Almost half of the funding has been awarded by Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, and the remainder will be provided by Donegal County Council. … Continue reading Minister McHugh secures more than €2million funding for a new library for Donegal

Ireland 2040: ​Building ​a national framework ​for the future

Ireland 2040 is an ambitious blueprint to develop the Ireland in which we will live and work and to put in place the services underpinning our society. The Boom is back, and this time it will be boomier. Construction cranes at South Mall, Cork. Pic; Larry Cummins. Sponsored content in partnership with Project Ireland 2040, … Continue reading Ireland 2040: ​Building ​a national framework ​for the future

Michael Ring: Government intends to redistribute investment to rural areas

Project Ireland 2040 will make villages and towns more attractive places to live, in expectation of substantial population growth, says Michael Ring. The Department of Rural and Community Development was created by the Taoiseach last June, at an opportune time. As someone who has spent his career working with rural communities, I intend to help rural … Continue reading Michael Ring: Government intends to redistribute investment to rural areas

COMPARING RURAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES IN FOUR IRISH COMMUNITIES, 1930–2005

Research Analysis This research analyses change and adaptation in four Irish rural communities that have followed distinct paths of rural transition from localised market towns to participants in a global economy. Three of the four study communities – Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon, Cashel in County Tipperary and Millstreet in County Cork – were traditionally agricultural … Continue reading COMPARING RURAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES IN FOUR IRISH COMMUNITIES, 1930–2005

Significant growth for small towns and villages envisaged in NDP

New long-term planning blueprint sets realistic and sustainable approach to once-off homes Ireland’s new long-term planning blueprint envisages significant growth for Ireland’s smaller town and villages over the next 20 years, allied to a realistic and sustainable approach to once-off homes in the countryside. There are 154 towns with fewer than 10,000 people; 40 of … Continue reading Significant growth for small towns and villages envisaged in NDP