Irish Rural Link

This is a platform linking all rural development actors and agencies over the island of Ireland. It is essentially an NGO digital platform which acts as both a link and a network of networks for more than 500 local Irish development centred groups with a cumulative membership of over 25,000 individuals. It is a bottom up agency devoted to analysing and presenting the needs of disadvantaged rural communities in Ireland at county, national and EU levels. It has the support of government. The web page of IRL outlines the diversity and range of the themes that it works on in its advocacy programmes.

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Key questions:
  • At what extent, rural environment may be an opportunity for innovative ways of labour inclusion in times of growing joblessness?
  • Is territorial inequity linked to social prejudices against rural life?
  • May a bottom-up organization movement contribute to remove those prejudices and inequities?