NEWS RELEASE: RGDATA WARNS GOVERNMENT TO HEED CEDRA RURAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS
RGDATA, the representative association for independent, family owned grocery shops, convenience stores and supermarkets in Ireland, today urged the Government to act swiftly to implement the recommendations in the Report of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas.
"Rural Irish towns and villages need immediate action – not another report full of good intentions that is put on a shelf to gather dust," said RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley.
"Rural Irish Towns and villages need swift action to address the problems of closed shops and businesses and high unemployment which is severely impacting on local economic and community life. The hearts have been ripped from many towns by out of town developments and town centers have been neglected. This CEDRA report recommends that the Government make a clear and committed rural economic policy statement. RGDATA urges the Taoiseach and the Government to do this as a matter of urgency," said Buckley.
"CEDRA rightly points out that we have had reports in the past that have made excellent recommendations about tackling these important issues but they have failed due to a lack of appropriate support, delivery and co-ordination mechanisms. We need a Government Minister to take ownership of this vital policy initiative and much tighter co-ordination between state agencies to ensure that we work together to revitalise our towns and villages, provide opportunities for Irish family owned businesses to thrive and survive and create rural jobs and rebuild local communities.," said Buckley.
The study by the Commission for Rural Development published yesterday April 14 is available here.
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