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'Grotesque and appalling': War of words erupts between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil
Éamon Ó Cuív has accused the government’s senior party of lying about protecting rural Ireland.
Two counties have had fewer visits from Government Ministers than one Dublin hotel in 2015
Not all parish pumps are created equal, according to a new analysis by
Look at them now: This rural town has turned its fortunes around after last year's blow
Last year Gort made headlines for being part of the rural area most affected by the economic crisis. This year, things have changed.
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.
Politicians who own pubs tell us what has gone wrong for rural Ireland
Owning a pub and being in Leinster House – seeing the demise of rural Ireland from the outside and the inside.
A rural town has a racism problem, but is fighting it
A taxi driver was robbed and attacked in Letterkenny.
Tight security as Enda's Fine Gael homecoming opens with a warning
The Taoiseach announced that China will take Irish beef again as the Fine Gael national conference got under way in Mayo this evening.
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.
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.
Here are the 44 primary schools that now only have one teacher
Notice a pattern in this map?
Heart-breaking new video shows the devastating effect of farm deaths
Here’s what happened to the Higgins family when they lost their “adorable, beautiful” son James.
If your phone photos were developed by a 1980s Irish country chemist...
“You took all these yourself”.
This is what the government's National Broadband Plan for rural Ireland looks like
Every home, business and school in Ireland will have access to high-speed broadband… but when?
'You wouldn't see this on Father Ted' - Why bad broadband is hurting rural Ireland
The country is behind many eastern European nations when it comes to broadband access.
Rural Ireland: 'The life has gone out of it. Even 20 or 30 jobs would give the place a lift'
A short documentary shows how the people of Ballydehob are dealing with unemployment and emigration.
Young farmers add their support for gay marriage ahead of referendum
If you’re surprised by that, there are a few other things you should know…
GAA fans warned not to attach flags to ESB poles ahead of All-Ireland finals
Especially YOU, Kerry and Donegal people.
Grants to Irish farmers will total €4bn over the next six years.
They include supports for being environmentally friendly and for investment.
Opinion: Rural Ireland is tough and resilient – but it needs more support
Rural Ireland has felt the recession more than the rest of the country. For a rural development strategy to work, national government needs to show genuine commitment.
Abandoned: Haunting snapshots of a life once lived in rural Ireland
This is the latest series of snaps featuring an abandoned Irish property from photographer Donal Moloney.
Rural Ireland's dodgy broadband is going to get sorted according to the Communications Minister
You’ll soon be able to read at super quick speeds from all over the country!
Turf cutters take High Court action to halt their prosecution
Two men charged with cutting turf on conservation areas have taken the action to prevent their criminal prosecution.
Prendergast: ‘Pylons are the rape of rural Ireland’
The MEP is calling on the EU Commission to fully investigate the health risks on humans and animals of high voltage overhead power lines such as those proposed by Eirgrid.
Survey finds 63 per cent of farmers agree with abortion legislation
More female farmers surveyed were opposed to the legislation than the men surveyed.
More than 81% of farmers support gun ownership rights
Eight out of ten farmers say they should have the right to own a gun to protect themselves and their property.
Healy-Rae wants debate on expanding gun ownership in Ireland
“It’s no harm for these criminals to know that if they engage in this type of activity they may leave the home that they break into in a wooden box,” the independent TD has said.
Column: Why I wanted to make a movie about isolation in rural Ireland
IFTA Rising Star winner, Gerard Barrett, says people in Ireland don’t talk enough about how they feel – which can lead to tragedy. In making his award-winning movie, Pilgrim Hill, for just €4500, he lifted the lid on loneliness experienced by country farmers.
Column: It's time to tackle decline in rural Ireland
Rural Ireland is experiencing a demise, with empty shop buildings, damaged roads and a lack of essential services. Action needs to be taken now or we could see whole parts of the country uninhabited, writes John Verling.
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.
Column: Dubliners should pay more property tax - here's why...
Properties near the capital that have easy access to infrastructure and services should pay a higher price, writes Frank Convery.
Here's how the world reacted to the Kerry drink-driving story
The story of how Kerry County Council voted for a plan to allow rural drivers to have ‘two or three drinks’ has made a lot of headlines today. Here’s just a sample.
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.”
Kerry councillors back plan to allow drink-driving 'in moderation'
Councillor Danny Healy-Rae, who put forward the motion, told that it would help people who are isolated and can’t leave their homes to go to the pub anymore.
Campaigners seek Ward Union hunt to be reinstated
Rural Ireland Says Enough (RISE) is calling for government TDs to support the rights of their “large rural support base”.
Column: ‘A little girl in rural Ireland’ – My experience growing up transgender
Stacey gives a personal account of life as a transgender person in a small Irish town.
Unexpected CSO Release of the Day
Did you know there are 1,570,600 pigs in Ireland? You do sow, sorry, now.
"Unbalanced, ambiguous and biased" - Donegal Council hits back at An Taisce
The report by An Taisce said Donegal was the worst county in Ireland for planning – but Donegal County Council says the report generalised too much.
Gardai form their first drama group - and stage The Chastitute
A lonesome old man, a few floozy women and a match maker – what more could you want in a play? How about a cast full of gardai?
Speed limits across the country set to be reviewed
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has announced a major nationwide review to ensure that all speed restrictions are “both safe and sensible”.
School cuts could lead to death of rural Ireland, councillor warns
Cllr Declan Hurley said institutions making up the “backbone” of rural communities were now all under threat.