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# rural ireland

This week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Courts
Women go on trial accused of trafficking two Brazilian women to work as prostitutes
Two women were allegedly brought to Ireland to engage in prostitution in Thurles, Tralee, and Enniscorthy, among other places.
Last year
2022
# building homes
Guidelines for one-off homes in rural Ireland to go for public consultation before Christmas
The last guidelines on rural housing were issued in 2005.
Voices
Opinion: Remote working could be a game changer for local towns in these uncertain times
John Evoy of Grow Remote says remote working should be central to plans to future-proof rural Ireland.
# cashless banks
AIB should 'reconsider' decision to make 70 branches cashless, says Taoiseach
The branches will no longer offer cash or cheque services and if they have an ATM outside, it will be removed.
# Fossil Fuels
Dáil turf wars: Eamon Ryan seeks to unite coalition against Sinn Féin motion
Restrictions on the sale and burning of turf are being considered.
The government insists there is no outright ban and that there are exemptions to the regulations.
Several coalition TDs have expressed concern about what the rules would mean for rural areas.
Sinn Fein calls the new rules "unfair and unworkable".
'We won’t put your granny in prison for burning turf', says Ryan doubling down on no pause comments
# turf wars
Removing turf-cutting from rural Ireland would be like removing wine from the French - Varadkar
Concerns were raised about turf not being available for sale in shops, particularly given the energy crisis and rising inflation.
# WiFi
Minister 'disappointed' with broadband rollout delays as firm says completion dates uncertain
National Broadband Ireland told an Oireachtas committee that issues have arisen with the rollout that are “beyond our direct control”.
# rural ireland
Old schools, cinemas and vacant buildings to be re-vamped into work hubs and community spaces
The aim of the funding is to target dereliction in towns and villages in rural Ireland.
All time
# Road to Nowhere
Local needs? Or national priorities? The problem with building new roads in Ireland
“We continue to build more roads and widen more roads and the congestion doesn’t improve the traffic, it just fills the extra space that’s created.”
# CLIMATE ACTION BILL
Minister hits out at rural TDs for heckling during Climate Action Bill speech
TDs from the Rural Independent Group have criticised the bill, accusing the government of ignoring the people of rural Ireland.
# Rural Future
Rural Ireland: Plans for remote working hubs, community pubs and 'financial supports' to encourage relocation
The government’s five-year plan was launched today.
Plans for 400 remote working facilities throughout Ireland
Financial supports in Budget 2022 to encourage people to live in rural areas
A pilot scheme to use of rural pubs as community spaces
Opinion: Remote working should not become the 'Mother' option, leaving women behind
New law will give employees the right to request remote working
# Shuttered
'Ripping commercial heart from Provincial Ireland': Political opprobrium descends on BOI closures
Unions have also asked the bank to halt the decision.
# time please
Taoiseach: 'There's nothing I would like better right now than a pint in a rural pub in the west of Ireland'
Rural TDs criticised the Taoiseach for keeping ‘wet’ pubs closed.
# rural ireland
Green Party 'must keep fighting' for green change around the Cabinet table, says Catherine Martin
The Green Party’s online convention is taking place today, with the theme ‘Ours For the Making’.
# NBP
National Broadband Plan: Government sets aside €1 million for legal fees
The Government signed off on a €3 billion contract for the NBP last November.
# investment needed
A sense of being 'left behind': Emigration and isolation in one rural Irish town
While the boom may be back in Ireland’s cities, not every town and village is reaping the rewards.
# rural ireland
'Significant interest' expected as first National Broadband tender issued
300 Broadband Connection Points are due to be set up in GAA clubs, community centres and public libraries.
'Sheep-shearing and horse racing': Photography exhibition offers insight into the Ireland of yesteryear
The exhibition open at the National Museum of Ireland tonight.
# car pooling
'We deeply regret the hurt this has caused': Eamon Ryan says he does not want to restrict cars in rural Ireland
An article in The Irish Times has caused controversy for the Green Party leader.
# rural ireland
Fear and isolation in rural Mayo: 'It’s something no policeman could do anything about. It’s a horrible, terrible thing'
After a tragic shooting in Ballyhaunis, Mayo locals tell TheJournal.ie about their fears around rural crime.
Voices
Saoirse McHugh: Achill has shown me the link between climate action and rural regeneration
To tackle climate breakdown the two most important areas that Ireland will have to focus on will be transport and agriculture, writes Saoirse McHugh.
# Clár funding
Fine Gael minister awards highest level of money from government rural funding scheme to own constituency
Mayo received over 10% of the total money awarded as part of the Clár funding scheme since 2016.
# rural ireland
'They can't believe how we lived' - How electricity cut down the drudgery of life in rural Ireland
‘It was like having a maid around your house.’
# farmers fight back
'F*ck off Mercosur': Angry scenes outside Leinster House as farmers protest against EU trade deal
There were heated scenes in the crowd during today’s protest when a farmer rounded on Fianna Fáil’s Jackie Cahill.
# drink driving
'Beyond the Pale': Ross lobbied by publicans, politicians to pivot on zero tolerance drink driving laws
The Minister for Transport has also received correspondence praising his approach in recent months.
# National Broadband Plan
'It's a disgrace that it will take that long': Opposition TDs criticise 7-year timeline for rural broadband
Cabinet yesterday signed off on the National Broadband Plan.
# WiFi
Government set to decide whether to sign off on €3bn National Broadband Plan
The plan aims to bring high-speed internet to smaller towns and one-off homes around Ireland.
# cairde
New app will use reports from members of public to track movement of criminals
The CEO of Muintir na Tire said this extension of the text alert scheme is already being trialed and the intention is to roll it out nationally.
# Taxi Service
Taxi group suggests 'village drivers' could be the answer to rural transport problem
A subsidy will be required to make it attractive for drivers to offer the service.
# Learner Driver
'We're working on it': Taoiseach admits there are unacceptable delays in driving test wait times
Some people are waiting over 20 weeks to get a date for the driving test.
# Cost of Living
Nearly 1,000 civil servants apply to leave Dublin
The majority of requests from clerical officers, who are on the lower end of the civil service pay scale.
# Tourism
Fancy a stroll? Walkways and trails around Ireland are getting an upgrade
Nearly 80 projects have been approved for funding.
# drink driving laws
'Two pints was their only social outlet': Healy Rae says mass goers are being disrupted by Garda checkpoints
The Taoiseach said he would not apologise for an increase in Garda checkpoints around the country.
# rural ireland
Digital kiosks to offer free access to Government services in post offices
Government funding of €80,000 has been provided to help with rolling out the digital assist pilot scheme.
# snapshot
12 striking photos of ruined buildings around Ireland
A tour of the beautiful and derelict dwellings across the country.
# rural ireland
An Post CEO: 'Every community of over 500 people will have a post office'
David McRedmond rejected claims that post office closures are an attack on rural Ireland.
# rural ireland
'An attack on rural Ireland' - Criticism as An Post releases list of 159 post offices to close
The closure affects 25 counties.
# culchie and proud
9 tweets that show what real rural ireland is like in 2018
Tinder is harder because, unless you’re Karen from Mean Girls, you can’t get with your cousin.
# Hammer Blow
'A massive black mark on Ireland' - Calls for review of planning laws after Apple scraps Athenry plan
Planning delays have scuppered the plans.
# rural ireland
No plans to legalise pepper spray or tasers in Ireland
Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said it isn’t possible to police rural Ireland the same way as Dublin.