Wednesday 21 February 2018

Philip Ryan: City-dwellers look on in envy at Humphreys' plan

'Rural Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys was tasked with drafting an action plan to revive rural Ireland.' Photo: Getty Images
'Rural Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys was tasked with drafting an action plan to revive rural Ireland.' Photo: Getty Images
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

People living in small towns and villages dotted across rural Ireland were among the worst affected by the collapse of the country's economy.

Those who didn't flee for Australia or Canada watched as their local post office, Garda station and pub closed.

They watched neighbours pack their belongings after banks repossessed their homes. The shops fronts of businesses they regularly visited were boarded up and left to decay. Once-thriving main streets now resemble the Mary Celeste.

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