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The outlook for rural Ireland

  • 16-08-2022 11:37am
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    There has been an awful lot of complaining from rural Ireland over the years, much of it justified. Large areas were in a state of managed decline, schools closed, there was virtually no FDI in large areas and there was a large drift to towns and cities.

    Now, for the first time since the Celtic Tiger, there seems to be very strong grounds for optimism and as far as I can see there has been quite a lot of regeneration already. Remote work has made a big difference, a lot of people have taken the chance to relocate, near where I live there's almost no property available to buy, the demand is huge and a lot of that is from people moving into the area from Dublin. A lot of them would have left years ago and never have thought they'd be coming back.

    The complaining about decline is no more, but there will be a range of new issues in time. Population targets being set under the National Planning Framework are too low, remote working and social facilities aren't in place to the extent they're going to be needed, and third level education at undergraduate level is moving too slowly to remote learning.