Rural Ireland has been completely abandoned
Kevin McDermot's letter of last Thursday tells the sorry story of today's destruction of what Ireland is known internationally - friendly people' villages and family farms producing natural nutritious food.
It is unfortunately even worse than he describes as with the almost complete withdrawal of policing in rural Ireland today the criminals have almost got a free hand. This has forced rural dwellers to lock up the country! So sad to see locked gates preventing the normal "call in" neighbourly visit we so enjoyed. Today many hardly know who lives beside them let alone call in.
Communication - everyone says the internet is vital to sustaining local communities, but few rural areas have workable broadband or in some areas even mobile phone access is a problem. You have post offices closing and transport being so heavily taxed, isolation is setting in and taking a severe toll, especially on the elderly