Increasing Rural Employment

People follow jobs and job creation is vital to the long term future of rural Ireland.

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People follow jobs and job creation is vital to the long term future of rural Ireland. Delivery of broadband plays a crucial role in this. This should be done sooner rather than later .Too many deadlines have been missed.

Fianna Fáil will introduce a suite of incentives to support existing and new rural businesses. We will also enhance LEADER funding and target infrastructural investment to ensure businesses can set up and thrive in rural Ireland.

Fianna Fáil’s plan to increase rural employment

  1. Deliver broadband access.

    Implement the National Broadband Plan.

  2. Increase LEADER funding

    Increase vital LEADER funding that supports small rural businesses, providing supports across a wide range of areas such as childcare and youth development.

  3. Social protection for the self-employed

    Extend, on a phased basis, the full range of social protection supports to self-employed PRSI contributors as part of our commitment to foster an entrepreneurial culture as well as enhancing social solidarity.

  4. Tax equalisation

    Ensure the full tax equalisation for the self-employed and a fully equivalent PAYE credit.

  5. Reform commercial rates

    Reform the commercial rates system. A reformed system will secure the foundations of local authority finance and help promote enterprise into the future.

  6. New opportunities

    Enhance employment opportunities for resource-based industries in agri-food, seafood, forestry, equine and extractive industries.

  7. Local supports for enterprise

    Ensure Enterprise Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta and local Enterprise Offices are adequately resourced and funded to support local business people and proactively help them develop through providing financial and mentoring supports.

  8. CLÁR funding

    Increase CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) funding to secure vital rural infrastructural projects.

  9. Equal opportunity

    Ensure, through a policy of equal opportunity in state employment, that there is a more equitable spread geographically of state employment.

  10. The Co-Op model

    Promote the co-operative model as a proven self-help tool for local enterprises, while also enhancing social enterprise opportunities.

All Issues in Rural Ireland

Broadband for Rural Ireland

The rollout of high speed broadband is as vital as the electrification of rural Ireland was in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Increasing Rural Employment

People follow jobs and job creation is vital to the long term future of rural Ireland.

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Protecting the Post Office

Post offices are the backbone of communities around Ireland. Fianna Fáil will guarantee the current network and ensure its continued vitality.

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Gaeltacht, Island and Fishing Communities

Fianna Fáil has a strong record in protecting and empowering Gaeltacht, Island and Fishing communities.

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Supporting Towns and Villages

Fianna Fáil believes a new fresh approach is needed to ensure our towns and villages are lively social and economic hubs for the entire community.

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