Rural Ideas Fora: A Socially Inclusive Rural Ireland -15th November @ 10.30am

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The Department of Rural and Community Development is continuing its series of Rural Ideas Fora.  These events focus on specific themes within Our Rural Future, the national rural development policy published in March 2021, and are an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities that impact on rural communities and economies.

Attendees will learn more about ongoing work relating to key objectives contained in the policy, and hear from a panel of key stakeholders.

The last of our events for 2022 will be held online next Tuesday, 15 November from 10.30am to 12.30pm.


Theme: ‘A Socially Inclusive Rural Ireland’.

Non-urban living has many benefits, but rural isolation and loneliness are growing concerns – feeling isolated and alone can have a negative impact on physical and mental health. The Department of Rural and Community Development has responsibility for the Government’s primary social inclusion programme, SICAP.

As we design the next iteration of the programme we would like you to join us at this Rural Ideas Forum, to explore the barriers facing disadvantaged individuals/communities that prevent them from being part of a socially inclusive rural Ireland, and what more needs to be done to contribute to the integration of a person into the community.

Our speakers for the event are:

  • Maria Molloy, Vice Chair, AMACH LGBT+ Galway
  • Emma Fallon, Cultural Development Officer, MNE Local Development Company
  • Éamonn O’Reilly, CEO, NEWKD Local Development Company


Registration is required and the number of participants is limited.

This is an online event and closed captions will be provided.

Please note the panel discussion will be recorded and made publicly available following the event.


Registration for this event is available via Eventbrite at the following link:



Attendance is limited, so please be sure to register if you wish to attend!

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