Thursday 22 March 2018

Sense of 'rural left behind' not unique to us

Economic prospects empty countrysides all over the world, writes Conor Skehan

Crossroads: Rural and urban areas should both be cherished
Crossroads: Rural and urban areas should both be cherished

Conor Skehan

Many commentators report that the General Election revealed a growing sense of 'rural left behind' - referring to the feeling that the recovery is not being felt outside of Dublin. Feelings and facts can be complex and contradictory.

Take evidence from new car registrations - can there be any better indicator of real money and confidence?

Recent evidence from SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry) shows that the majority (36pc) of 2016's new cars were sold in Dublin - which is the area of highest population. However, the rate of increase in Dublin is the second lowest in Ireland at 28pc - while increases of over 40pc were recorded in Carlow, Cork, Donegal, Laois, Meath, Monaghan, Sligo and Roscommon.

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