The Forum, themed “Creating Stronger Rural Economies and Communities”, was co-hosted by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and featured panel discussions and a keynote address from An Taoiseach . The speeches highlighted the recently launched €1 billion Regeneration & Development Fund which was a key commitment in Project Ireland 2040.The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T. also spoke at the event as did Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring T. The Fund is to support collaborative, innovative and transformative projects across both public and private sector bodies and successful projects will leverage additional funding to maximise their impact in communities.” included An Taoiseach Leo Vardakar on the Panel along with Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring T. Also on the panel were Dr Maura Farrell from NUI Galway and the designated researcher for the National Rural Network (NRN), Ms Anna Marie Delaney the Chief Executive of Offaly County Council and Ms Irene Kavanagh from Kerry Social Farming.The discussion was largely focussed on the farm family and farm diversification although Minister Ring also stressed the significant investments made under the Town and Village Renewal scheme and the benefits of investment in Digital and Food Hubs in rural towns under that Programme.Total Household Income is the amount of income from available to the household from earnings, and Rent of Dwellings (imputed) and net Interest and Dividends, as well as ‘Social Benefits and Other Current Transfers’.Total Household Income grew steadily (Figure 1) in all counties between 20 (in Donegal there was a tiny decline between 20).Helen Mc Henry While my previous post on county incomes (based on the CSO’s publications County Incomes and Regional GDP, 2015) considered the changes in Disposable Income over time, in this post I look at the components of Disposable Income, some of the changes in these since 2000, differences among Western Region counties and their impact on the changes in Disposable Income.The key component of Disposable Income is Total Household Income (which includes Primary Income and Social Transfers) and this is examined first.
Income from self employment is the other main component of Primary Income, and this accounts for 14% of Primary Income in Roscommon and Leitrim, and 11% in Galway and 10% in Sligo and 10% in the State as a while.
The Rural and Regional strand of Project Ireland 2040 was launched in Westport last Friday (13 July 2018) at a Forum held in the Town Hall Theatre.
The focus was on the National Strategic Outcome 3 in Project Ireland 2040 ‘Strengthened Rural Economies and Communities’. was also in attendance and participated in the event.
Mr Colman Keohane from Keohane Seafoods in Co Cork, Ms Evelyn O’Toole founder and CEO of CLS in Co.
Galway and Ms Natalie Keane, from Bean and Goose , artisan chocolate company from Co. The panel also included Enterprise Ireland’s Manager for Regions & Entrepreneurship, Mark Christal.