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Unlocking the Potential of Rural Ireland

Unlocking the Potential of Rural Ireland
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ISBNs:  9781781193938 (PB) / (3945 (ePub) / 3969 (PDF)
Year Published:  2019
Author:  Cathal O'Donoghue
Paperback:  20.00
ePub ebook:  10.90
PDF ebook:  10.90

CATHAL O'DONOGHUE has been the Dean of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies at NUI Galway and Professor of Public & Social Policy since 2016. From 2005, he was Head of the Rural Economy & Development Programme in Teagasc, Ireland's Agriculture & Food Development Authority and from 2012-2014, he was CEO of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas 2012-2014. He is a UCC graduate, a statistician and economist by training, with post-graduate degrees from Oxford, UCD, the LSE, and Warwick, having worked previously at the ESRI, UK Government Economics Service, and the University of Cambridge. 


 

The implementation of a 1999 White Paper on Rural Development was superseded by the construction boom in the early 2000s, which although bringing welcome jobs to rural areas was an unsustainable form of economic development. As a result, when the crisis hit, it hit rural areas disproportionally hard because neither the development infrastructure nor the strategic ideas were in place to deal with the challenge. Rural economic development issues had fallen in national priorities: in the 2011 Programme for Government, ‘rural’ was only mentioned once – and then only in relation to water.

With a growing awareness that something needed to be done and done quickly, Prof Cathal O’Donoghue lobbied for and got approval to establish a Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) in 2012. Its work formed the basis of significant policy developments, such as the establishment of a new Government Department and the roll out of an Action Plan for Rural Development.

UNLOCKING RURAL POTENTIAL builds upon a decade’s analytical work by Prof O’Donoghue as the Head of Teagasc’s Rural Economy & Development Programme, as CEDRA’s CEO and as a Director of the Burren Lowlands Development Company. The aim is to bring together in an informative non-technical manner issues associated with the rural economy, providing a commentary on the issues and policies that affect Rural Ireland. The book starts with a short history of the rural economy since the 1950s, tracking some of the main trends and drivers. The next chapters define what Rural Ireland is and why we should be concerned about rural development. The middle of the book focuses on policy mechanisms to support jobs built around rural resources, in the local economy or in exporting. It finishes on the governance and policy formation mechanisms needed for sustainable, on-going policy development so as not to repeat the problems of the past.

Structured as a series of magazine article-length chapters, UNLOCKING RURAL POTENTIAL deals with myths, discusses challenges and presents solutions to help citizens understand the issues and policies that relate to Rural Ireland.

 

1: INTRODUCTION

2: THE 1950s: CRISIS & THE LOST GENERATION

3: 1960s & 1970s: RECOVERY & OPTIMISM

4: 1977-1995: EMIGRATION … AGAIN

5: 1995-2018: BUST & BOOM – WILL WE EVER LEARN?

6: WHAT IS THE REAL RURAL IRELAND?

7: IS DUBLIN PROPPING UP RURAL IRELAND?

8: WHY BOTHER ABOUT RURAL DEVELOPMENT?

9: CEDRA: A ROAD-TRIP WITH PAT SPILLANE AROUND RURAL IRELAND

10: NOT ENOUGH JOBS – THE WRONG JOBS

11: THE HARDEST CHALLENGE: JOBLESS HOUSEHOLDS

12: UPSKILLING & RE-SKILLING

13: RURAL TOWNS – WILL SOMEONE SHOUT “STOP”?

14: THE DARKER SIDE OF LIFE

15: STARTING SMALL, STAYING SMALL?

16: RURAL BROADBAND IS THE RURAL ELECTRIFICATION OF THE 21ST CENTURY

17: THE BORDER: IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO

18: THE LAND QUESTION

19: AGRICULTURE: A TALE OF TWO INDUSTRIES

20: REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

21: OUR OCEAN WEALTH

22: CLIMATE-SMART LAND USE

23: RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION

24: THE SCIENCE OF FARMING

25: GENERATING WIN-WINS: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

26: CREATING THE CREATIVE ECONOMY

27: WHERE ARE THE TOURISTS IN THE LAND OF THE THOUSAND WELCOMES?

28: BRINGING INVESTMENT TO RURAL IRELAND

29: PUTTING THE ENTERPRISE INTO SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

30: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES

31: SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE IN CHARGE

32: SOLUTIONS – NOT BLOCKAGES

33: BUILDING LOCAL FOUNDATIONS: COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

34: KNOCKING THE KNOCKERS

35: THE FUTURE


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