Monday 23 April 2018

Time for a better deal for country and town

The Government’s €60m action plan, entitled ‘Realising our Rural Potential’,
will be launched by Minister for Rural Affairs Heather Humphreys. Photo: Kyran OBrien
The Government’s €60m action plan, entitled ‘Realising our Rural Potential’, will be launched by Minister for Rural Affairs Heather Humphreys. Photo: Kyran OBrien

People all across the country are entitled to apply the usual principle of justice - guilty until proved otherwise - in their assessment of the latest proposals to revitalise rural Ireland set to be unveiled today in Longford.

Older people in rural areas will have ample reason to be sceptical at very least. By now people in urban areas also know about the importance of such a strategy to bring a semblance of balance to development and give relief to places which are traffic-choked and suffering from a shortage of affordable housing.

The biggest snag before all of us is that we have heard these plans, or a version thereof, more than once before. This country has been treated to the finest of plans over the decades. The same cannot be said about implementing these plans.

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