The Future of Rural Areas ?
What will the Global Services landscape look
like in 2031,what will it mean for Ballyhoura and
where are the opportunities for investors,
businesses, farmers, individuals and
communities across the Ballyhoura
• “Traditional policies to subsidise farming have not been
able to harness the potential of these economic engines.
• Promoting rural development, poses policy challenges
that requires co-ordination across sectors, levels of
government, and between public and private actors.
• Countries are considering a paradigm shift in their
approaches to accommodate such important challenges.
• The most defining characteristics of this shift are a focus
on places rather than sectors and an emphasis on
investments rather than subsidies.”
“We are where we are”
• Rural development thinking
• Dependency on subsidies
• Role of Partnerships
• Current economic situation
• Food is worth €20bn of our GNP and €8bn
of total exports.
• All monies stay in Ireland
• Ballyhoura and other Leader companies
have lead the way
• The Leader Tent at the ploughing is an
• Access to a range of Health services.
• Access to training and to further education
• Accesses to local services i.e. post office, local banking,
• Water - The collection of waste - Child care - after
• Youth provision.
• Rural security - rural policing - Community alert.
• Financial services
• Environmental services – fuel – water – landscape
• Post Offices
• Non-specialised health care
• Cost of everything
• Services to the local economy
• Growing the capacity of people, agencies
and professionals who support rural
• Enhancing community assets of all kinds
• Community-led planning
• An enhanced role and community groups
• Centre for Excellence supporting rural
community development policy and
practice on the ground.
• Current crisis
• Global Context
• Economic Drivers
• Social Services
• Community capacity
Future Ireland Findings
• New forms of cross-fertilisation between the
economy, society and public governance.
• Innovation and learning are systematic and
should confront challenges at three levels—
institutional, inter-personal and personal;
• Systematic review.
• Innovation and learning cannot flourish, without
profound change to our organisational systems,
particularly our systems of control and
• Ballyhoura region will be influenced by the current
recession. All economists agree that the effects of
decision making buy government will still be felt in 2030.
• it is likely that systems of delivery will always be devised
on the basis of cost.
• Services that are not commercially viable will require the
assistance of the state, through its various agencies and
also will depend on the capacity of voluntary
• The innate advantages of Ballyhoura in terms of its
capacity to develop its agriculture and food sector is
essential. Its nearness to Limerick is a positive.
• Community planning coupled with a continuous
programme of community skills training is essential.
• Future re-organisation of local, regional administration
will influence investment in the region
• Ballyhoura as a potential catalyst can initiate strategic
partnerships that are recognised by national and
• Opportunities to develop non agricultural and food
activities will be broadly complimented by the overall
performance of food and agriculture.
• A concerted plan that develops new and innovative up-
skilling and re-training will enhance the region’s ability to
• Environmental themes will need to permeate all regional
plans, so that the region will be competitive
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