Independent TDs want new roads, hospital wards and extra State payments for farmers in return for entering into government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
A document drafted by one group of Independents sets out a detailed list of demands for their constituencies along with new economic and housing policies.
The group - Roscommon-Galway's Michael Fitzmaurice, Sligo-Leitrim's Marian Harkin and Clare's Michael McNamara - gave the parties their demands this week.
In their document the TDs say the General Election showed voters "lost trust and faith" in the government and politicians.
"In our opinion this erosion of trust has been mainly caused by the decoupling of trust from national economic growth," they added.
They said the next programme for government must have "balanced regional development at its core".
They also insisted individual road and hospital projects in their constituencies should be ring-fenced in return for their support.
This includes a demand for the Mullingar to Sligo road to be developed into a dual-carriageway. They also want the Mullingar to Castlebar road to be a dual-carriageway and said the Galway outer ring road should be fast-tracked. They want a funding for a road between Letterkenny in Donegal and Tuam in Galway.
They are also insisting plans for a new hospital on the Merlin Park site in Galway should be advanced along with the construction of a 46-bed unit at Sligo University Hospital.
They are also seeking more wards for the Sacred Heart Home in Roscommon, Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe and the Rehab Centre at Roscommon Hospital.
They also want a number of greenway projects in their constituencies extended.
The rural TDs have also sought commitments on agriculture and farming payments.
They are seeking a rise in payments for cattle and sheep owners. They want the maximum amount a farmer can claim from the state grants to be capped at €50,000.
They also want a €20m community sewerage scheme for small villages and State loans of up to €30,000 to allow people to renovate houses they own but are not living in.
They are looking for government loans to allow communities to buy buses to assist people living in rural areas.
They are also proposing a one-off payment for landowners who cut down trees near telecoms or electricity cables.
The group is also insisting that all contractors who secure major government contracts ensure at least 5pc of their staff on site are apprentices.
And they want hedgerows, grass and crops taken into account when calculating the country's carbon emissions.
Separately, the Regional Technical Group is drafting a policy document which it will present to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in the coming days.
Yesterday, another group of rural Independents held talks with the two parties.
The smaller parties have yet to begin formal negotiations with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. The Green Party, Social Democrats and Labour Party have yet to respond to the policy framework document published last week.
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