An online survey launched yesterday wants to find out what people living in rural Ireland think about the challenges and opportunities it faces over the coming years. 

The survey is looking for the public’s views on areas such as job opportunities, broadband connectivity, transport infrastructure, and access to public services. 

The questionnaire is part of a consultation process by the Department of Rural and Community Development as it draws up policy for rural Ireland for the period 2020-2025.  

Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring said: ‘People living, working, and raising families in rural areas throughout the country have important insights into both the challenges which impact on rural living, and the opportunities available to rural areas.

‘Engagement from the public, particularly those living and working in rural Ireland, is vital to assist us in developing this new policy and to identify policy measures which need to be put in place now to support rural areas for the future.”

The new policy will take into account demographic trends within rural communities, the increased focus on climate change, Brexit, and the changing nature of jobs and how we work. 

The public consultation survey is available online here until Friday October 11