Sunday 20 August 2017

Deserted streets: Michael Plelan, Mary Cashin and Michael Dowling in Ballacolla, Co Laois. Photo: James Flynn/APX

A new sense of fear is stalking rural Ireland as people's sense of isolation reaches dangerous levels 

The ongoing closures of garda stations, post offices and shops have pushed people's sense of isolation to dangerous new levels. Constantly worried about burglaries and attacks, communities are working together to fund CCTV cameras to protect their areas. In the week an elderly man was murdered in a remote corner of Waterford, our reporter travels to the Laois village of Ballacolla and finds a...