Conference in Sligo

Rural Ireland is far from dead

Claire McGovern

Reporter:

Claire McGovern

Rural Ireland is far from dead

Northern and Western Regional Assembly Director Mr. David Minton with NWRA Cathaoirleach Councillor Seamus Kilgannon

'Rural Ireland’ has the ability to become an economically powerful region in its own right, according to the director of one of the area’s key funding agencies.

With its key strengths of people, energy and resources connected, David Minton, director of the Northern & Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) believes that ‘Rural Ireland’ could become a force to be reckoned with.

Instead of ushering in its demise, he says, we should see Rural Ireland as a region with huge untapped potential and the capacity to lead the emergence of vibrant new economies.

Mr. Minton, who is head of NWRA, one of the national bodies, which administers European funding in Ireland, was speaking at the launch of ONE Region: ONE Vision.

His comments come as the debate about the future of rural Ireland rages, with issues such as possible cuts to transport links, poor broadband connectivity and the closure of vital services that connect communities in rural Ireland. 

The ONE Region: ONE Vision conference, which will be held at The Model in Sligo on December 8th, will bring together key players in Rural Ireland in order to plot how the region can kick-on and build a lasting recovery.

It will explore the unique possibilities on offer to innovators and job creators in rural communities, discussing how changing conditions could enhance what’s already one of the most sensational places to live on the continent of Europe.

Places can be booked athttp://nwra.ie/conference/.