The Chairman of Irish Rural Link says more needs to be done to develop road and broadband infrastructure in rural areas if the government is serious about rural development.
Rural Link, which is based in Moate in Co Westmeath, was established in 1991. It represents the views of people in the most rural and marginalised areas at local, national and EU level when it comes to developing policies.
Rural Development Minister, Michael Ring, is presently calling on communities across the country to engage with his department ahead of the preparation of a new whole-of-government policy for rural Ireland.
Seamus Boland from Irish Rural Link says that while all efforts to help rural communities are to be welcomed, there is a need to get the bigger regional needs right if the future of the communities is to be safeguarded: