Right to cut turf 'to be recognised'
"A traditional right to cut turf" is to be recognised by the Government but the draft deal says the right is "balanced" with the conservation objective and legal obligations of the State.
While it commits publishing legislation on de-designating 46 Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) where turf cutting is restricted it also states the EU will be consulted.
In other measures, a new Cabinet Minister for Rural Affairs will be created and 100pc of the country is to have access to broadband within five years of the contract for the network being awarded. The government commits to ensuring there's no divide in broadband quality between rural and urban areas.
Of 200,000 jobs to be created, 135,000 are to be outside Dublin. There is a pledge to increase funds for local and regional roads by 50pc. A cost-benefit-analysis of the Western Rail corridor for commuter and freight use is to be completed in the first six months in office. No small schools will be closed without the consent of parents and there are measures to protect the post office network. A new town and village renewal scheme and a rural resettlement programme will be rolled out. An 'Ireland's Lakelands' brand is to complement the Wild Atlantic Way.