Thursday 14 December 2017

Change in rural Ireland is only a problem when it stops changing

Post offices, garda stations and bus services must transform so communities can grow old gracefully, writes Conor Skehan

The Glen of Aherlow in Tipperary. We need different plans for Atlantic Ireland, the north Midlands, the south Midlands, the east Midlands and south east Ireland Picture: Getty
The Glen of Aherlow in Tipperary. We need different plans for Atlantic Ireland, the north Midlands, the south Midlands, the east Midlands and south east Ireland Picture: Getty

Conor Skehan

Rural Ireland is in the news again, for all of the wrong reasons, during a critical week. This week's concerns stem from reports that An Post could be considering closing huge numbers of post offices, while Ulster Bank may close 30 branches, mainly in rural areas.

This is leading to another round of hand-wringing that rural Ireland is in decline. Rural interests insist that something must be done.

These headlines appeared during the last week, when the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government are seeking views on the new National Planning Framework [see npf.ie/share-your-views].

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