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# rural - Thursday 13 February, 2020

New group of rural independent TDs 'willing to engage with all parties' to help form government

The Rural Independent Group comprises Mattie McGrath, Michael Collins, Carol Nolan, Michael Healy-Rae and Danny Healy-Rae.

# rural - Thursday 6 February, 2020

Hitting the road in the unpredictable urban/rural battleground of Cork North-Central

The constituency sees just two TDs seeking re-election, one of whom was elected only months ago.

# rural - Sunday 11 March, 2018

Clare Co Council looking at idea of 'autonomous cars' to address rural transport issues

The council is exploring the concept of both an Uber-style system and the use of driverless cars and has gotten €25,000 in funding to do so.

# rural - Wednesday 7 February, 2018

'The closure of our post office would mean the death of our village'

A small village in Co Sligo, reminiscent of many others in Ireland, is fighting back.

# rural - Thursday 28 December, 2017

'Build it right and they will come': Visitors are flocking to this rural chocolate factory

We learned the secrets of how they come with up new flavours.

# rural - Monday 6 November, 2017

'The gap in household income in Dublin versus rural Ireland is widening'

The government’s objective of delivering growth in rural areas still remains a challenge that remains to be overcome.

# rural - Thursday 13 April, 2017

Dublin adults over 10 times more likely to rely on public transport than those in rural areas

The report found that just one in 10 older adults in Ireland relied on public transport.

# rural - Monday 27 February, 2017

Man (20s) arrested over death of pensioner in Co Waterford

The body of Paddy Lyons was discovered at his rural home.

# rural - Monday 19 September, 2016

Vast majority of IDA jobs in Dublin and Cork as rural counties fall behind

Newly-released figures show the vast amount of IDA-supported jobs are created in Dublin.

# rural - Thursday 15 September, 2016

Mungret: The small Irish town that went through revolutionary change

A talk on the parish will take place tomorrow night on Culture Night.

# rural - Sunday 8 May, 2016

'We're a first-world country with third or fourth-world infrastructure'

With the National Broadband Plan being delayed until 2022, the need for high-speed internet in places like Donegal only grows

# rural - Monday 25 April, 2016

Couple discovered dead in Limerick house took their own lives

One of the couple was Julia Holmes, who was married to two other men when she tried to marry Thomas Ruttle.

# rural - Thursday 24 September, 2015

This rural village is about to get some of the fastest broadband in the country

This comes as part of a joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone.

# rural - Friday 19 June, 2015

'Serious injury' avoided after pipe bomb is found in Leitrim

It was found in a woodland area this morning.

# rural - Sunday 24 May, 2015

Over €220 million will be spent on rural programmes by 2020 - how much is your county getting?

The money, which will come through the Leader funding programme, will be spread around the country, with each county getting at least €5 million.

# rural - Sunday 3 May, 2015

This non-profit wants to start up 100 projects across the country in 100 days

ChangeX aims to help communities start up their own projects to help improve their lives.

# rural - Thursday 9 April, 2015

Don't get enough sleep? Try getting rich

It seems wealth has its privileges.

# rural - Saturday 28 February, 2015

You can rent this entire village for €700 a day

You get the deputy mayorship, as well.

# rural - Friday 23 January, 2015

A community is taking to the streets today to stop its local bank from closing

Ulster Bank announced last year that it would close 14 of its branches in the Republic.

# rural - Wednesday 21 January, 2015

Minister: 'Seriously, we haven't forgotten about rural Ireland'

Ann Phelan is travelling to Brussels today to meet with Phil Hogan.

# rural - Tuesday 13 January, 2015

Are rail lines with low passenger numbers facing closure unless numbers rise?

A recent report found that €291 million is spent running the rail network each year.

# rural - Friday 3 October, 2014

A Garda whistleblower is backing MEP's legal battle with Phil Hogan

Garda whistleblower John Wilson has said he will fund raise for Nessa Childer’s legal costs in the case that Phil Hogan proceeds with threatened action.

# rural - Wednesday 24 September, 2014

Minister Coveney announces new service for bereaved farm families

So far this year 20 people have died in farming accidents.

# rural - Monday 1 September, 2014

One third of Irish population forced to go without basic necessities

A report this morning also warns that we will need to serious investment in healthcare facilities as the number of over 85s in Ireland will double by 2025.

# rural - Friday 8 August, 2014

Fear rural customers left "high and dry" as €223m National Broadband Scheme ends

The scheme is government sponsored and aims to bring broadband to areas where it wasn’t available before.

# rural - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

Bus Éireann faces criticism over new online payment system

Concerns are mounting about rural users facing difficulties with the service.

# rural - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Opinion: How can we revitalise rural towns? Simple – take some of the risk out of doing business

The key to taking advantage of the bounce-back is to remove some of the fixed costs involved in starting up a business (or keeping one going).

# rural - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Kilkenny, Loughrea and Ardee up next to become fibre towns

The initiative will see €2.5 million invested in developing broadband infrastructure in both towns and city.

Have a private well? A third are contaminated with E. coli from human waste

Ireland has the highest incidence of VTEC in Europe – a particularly nasty strain of E. coli.

# rural - Tuesday 20 May, 2014

Live in a rural area? You could be getting nicer bus shelters soon

A new round of public transport funding has been announced, and includes improvements to cycle paths.

# rural - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Varadkar 'loves' trains - and won't be closing 'dozens' of rural lines

The Transport Minister said that reports that he is to close ‘dozens’ of rural lines are untrue – and that there aren’t even that many lines.

# rural - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Outgoing IFA president says he has the skills for MEP job

John Bryan is expected to run for Fine Gael in the European elections this summer.

# rural - Thursday 21 November, 2013

80km speed limit on country roads to be scrapped

An average speed on motorways and a removal of signs at inappropriate locations are also suggested by the Speed Limits Working Group.

# rural - Thursday 7 November, 2013

Sharp increase in suicidal farmers calling helpline over financial troubles

Financial woes and the fodder shortage has left many farmers in an extremely difficult situation, says suicide prevention charity Console.

# rural - Sunday 28 April, 2013

"One moment off-balance and my leg was gone" Agri Accidents This post contains videos

"One moment off-balance and my leg was gone"

Farmers involved in agricultural accidents tell their stories to warn others of work hazards.

# rural - Monday 1 April, 2013

Calls for rural schools to be protected

The Green Party has called on the Education Minister to avoid implementing recommendations that may lead to the closure of rural schools.

# rural - Saturday 23 February, 2013

"No plans" to abolish Rural Transport Scheme

However, the scheme is to undergo a number of changes – although Minister Varadkar said that no decision has been taken on the issue.

# rural - Tuesday 29 January, 2013

Council sends letter to Minister calling for drink-driving limit to be relaxed

Kerry County Council has confirmed that it has sent a letter to Alan Shatter on foot of the controversial motion passed by the council last week.

# rural - Tuesday 22 January, 2013

Government dismisses Healy-Rae's bid to relax drink-driving limit in rural areas

Responding to the Department of Transport’s dismissal of his idea, Kerry county councillor Danny Healy-Rae told “We’ll see about that.”

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