Tuesday 23 January 2018

It's now well past time we tackled rural Ireland's social crisis

The closure of so many pubs threatens to tear down the very fabric of Irish society, writes Paidi O Se

Paidi O Se

A S the debate rages on about the destruction of the social fabric of rural Ireland and the closure of pubs around the country, it is well past time that we examined some realistic proposals for a solution to this hidden crisis besetting those who live outside the cities and towns.

The national economic crisis has been on our minds for a couple of years now -- and if I hear one more complaint that we lack leadership I will, as Hermann Goering was supposed to have said, reach for my gun.

But having said that, we desperately need leadership on the question of the rural social crisis, and who better than the priests?

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