Develop larger provincial towns to save rural Ireland
Richard Curran, in writing about a new development plan for rural Ireland [Farming Independent], states that regeneration of the major regional towns holds the key to any future success.
Developing farming alone will not be nearly enough, as farmers' numbers continue to decline year on year, as incomes and profit margins become a real challenge for the industry. Rural economies are becoming more and more dependent on vibrant cities and towns in the provinces, as people commute to work in ever increasing numbers.
The development of the larger towns, such as Tralee, Ennis, Tuam, Longford, Athlone, Roscommon, Castlebar, Ballina, Sligo, Carrick-on-Shannon, Donegal and Monaghan, must be prioritised.