The revelations that the EU and Irish government plan on making the 100 million euro beef fund conditional to a number of measures including possible reductions in production or restructuring … Continue Reading Beef fund is bad for farmers and the planet
In the first of a series of articles looking at the upcoming European Elections we’re looking at the contesting voices claiming to be best placed to represent rural communities interests … Continue Reading Rural voices in the European Parliament
While policies to address climate change become increasingly important, the need for a just transition becomes more pressing to ensure that decarbonisation provides a positive impact for both the environment and the communities most affected by job losses
Tuesdays budget will contain cuts to both USC and income tax, measures which will of course play to Fine Gaels key support base, however the government’s plan of a balanced … Continue Reading Budget 2019 and rural Ireland
Most analysis of the repeal referendum has commented on the polarisation that has marked the campaign, the yes sides’ message of trusting women and facing the reality of abortion in … Continue Reading Rural Repealers
The debate around the eight amendment has been a constant issue in Irish politics for the past few years and with the referendum on repealing the 8th to be … Continue Reading Rural Irelands anti-choice Independents
Gombeen is a word used and abused in Irish politics, often in a navel gazing fashion by political commentators pouring scorn on a rural electorate they don’t understand or … Continue Reading The shadow of the Gombeen man.
Here at Beyond the pale we’ve taken a look at what budget 2018 will likely mean for rural communities, what is been given in the budget and more importantly what … Continue Reading Budget 2018 and rural Ireland
by Breandán Ó Conchúir The recent occupation of the department of agriculture by the IFA is an interesting example of the power dynamics that shape the states responses to protests … Continue Reading Protest Power and the IFA
The 2016 census showed an overall increase in the Irish population, however in several rural areas the population declined or remained the same, most notably Donegal which experienced a population decline of nearly 7,000. While OECD research in 2015 showed that 17% of people born in Ireland live abroad.
The Governments recent announcement of a 60 million euro plan for rural Ireland has been cautiously welcomed by rural interest groups. The current political turmoil and the extent of the … Continue Reading Rural Ireland for sale
In recent years farmers across Europe have felt the pressure of reduced farm gate prices paid by supermarkets.There has been various national responses to this such as … Continue Reading The European response to supermarket prices