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Minister of State John Halligan says he has taken a number of short-term measures to protect the school transport scheme for rural areas. However, the Minister has failed to give any clear committment on the challenges rural communities are facing to retain services in the long-term. The Minister says he…

A Sligo/Leitrim TD is introducing a Bill to tackle what he says is discrimination against rural areas. Sinn Fein Deputy Martin Kenny is calling on Fianna Fail TDs, especially those in the North West, to support the Bill. It comes in the aftermath of the chairman of the Western Development…

A Fianna Fail councillor in the region is claiming the National Broadband Scheme is now unlikely to be in place until 2021 at the earliest. Cavan councillor John Paul Feeley was reacting to the latest announcement of a new broadband contract having been signed between the Department of Communications and…

A new government plan which aims to strike a balance between urban and rural development is to be launched at noon. The ‘Ireland 2040’ scheme is being launched today and comes amid warnings that three-quarters of new homes will soon be clustered around Dublin, unless radical action is taken. The…

Drones are now being used by thieves and burglars to see what farmers and householders have in their yards and gardens, this week’s meeting of the Leitrim Joint Policing Committee heard. It’s the latest example of modern technology being used by criminals. And it’s a particular concern in rural areas…