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Houses on Inis Mor overlooking the Atlantic towards Connemara, Co Galway

For as long as I have been reading the pages of this newspaper, and observing political debate more generally, public discourse has been gripped by the trials and tribulations of a place called “Rural Ireland”.

While nobody ever defines where this place actually is, by common consensus it seems to be somewhere, or everywhere, out there “beyond the M50 motorway”.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan was the latest to incur the instant wrath of “Rural Irelanders” by having the temerity to suggest that the radical lifestyle changes, which every major political party agrees will need to be brought about in response to climate change, may require a future with fewer cars.

The reality is that the narrative of “Rural Ireland” is now often deployed as a catch-all euphemistic trope to camouflage the deeply reactionary, car-based culture that we have allowed to develop over the past half-century.

We know from the census data that, in general, the vast bulk of “Rural Ireland” is located within 10 kilometres of a large town or city; those commuting greater than 30 minutes to work typically have higher incomes; and live in much larger houses.

“Rural Ireland” has a lot of genuine challenges which need urgent, sustained attention, but it is not a homogenous space.

North Leitrim is not the same as north Kildare. Much of what we class as “Rural Ireland” is, in fact, the sprawling geographical extension of “Urban Ireland”, or what is more pejoratively referred to as middle-class flight.

As the debate on what we do about climate change intensifies, so too will the prominence of “Rural Ireland”.

It therefore behoves us to have more nuanced media reporting. This will require a recognition that; not only does its car-dependent legacy create very many real and practical problems for decarbonisation; it is also a state of mind that needs to be challenged.

Gavin Daly,
Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place,
University of Liverpool.


Finding ‘Rural Ireland’ (The Irish Times letters page)

Previously: It Takes A Village

‘We Deeply Regret The Hurt That Has Been Caused’


From top: Ranelagh village; Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan during pre-Budget 2020 submissions last week

This morning/afternoon.

Further to the ongoing immense brouhaha over Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan’s proposal that one car could service 10 villagers in rural Ireland.

Of Mr Ryan , whose parliamentary constituency includes Ranelagh, Dublin 6,  Journalist  and columnist Philip Nolan tweetz:

‘Eamon Ryan wouldn’t dare tell his cosy D6 constituents they shouldn’t have at least one family car to drive Jemima to crèche, or he’d be toast.

So piss off telling rural ireland, where we actually have no public transport, that we somehow should organise a rota.’.


Green Party Councillor for Swords, County Dublin, Ian Carey respondz:

Philip, he didn’t suggest restricting car ownership for anyone. He was proposing something additional to increase mobility. He has been totally misrepresented on this. There are lots of young ppl locked out of car ownership because of insurance costs and need cheaper options.


Climate change sceptic Fiona Marie Flanagan addz:

‘One car per 10 families? Wolves in the wild? Tree planting?

Don’t for one minute think that Eamon here has the creativity to come up with any of this nonsense by himself – it’s all taken from Agenda 2030, the UN blueprint for global control…’



This afternoon.

Via Eamon Ryan

Wednesday: It Takes A Village


Earlier: While You Were Sleeping

From left: Fine Gael general election candidate Mary Newman Julian; Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has claimed the Green Party’s budget proposals are “positive proof that they have an anti-rural agenda.”

“Implementation of Eamon Ryan’s alternative budget would result in higher taxes, ongoing roads projects being shelved and future projects cancelled in Offaly,” the former junior minister stated.

“The Greens’ budget document does not contain a single policy on the biggest issue facing Offaly and country – Brexit,” she added.

“The Greens have indicated they will increase VAT on fertiliser at a time when farmers are already under pressure.

“They have also called for a re-introduction of a €10 air travel tax on all passengers departing Irish airports. This would negatively impact our tourism industry, a critical part of the rural economy already facing the threat of Brexit.

From an article in the Offaly Express on Tuesday.

‘A bit rich’ – Green Offaly councillor hits back at Fine Gael criticism (Offaly Express)

“The Green Party’s budget proposals are positive proof their leadership knows little about real life in rural Ireland, Fine Gael general election candidate Mary Newman Julian has said.

Implementation of Eamon Ryan’s alternative budget would result in higher taxes, ongoing roads projects being shelved and future projects cancelled in Tipperary.

And on top of this, Ms Newman Julian said the Greens’ budget document did not contain a single policy on the biggest issue facing Tipperary and the country – Brexit.

“The Greens have indicated they will increase VAT on fertilizer at a time when farmers are already under pressure.

“They have also called for a re-introduction of a €10 air travel tax on all passengers departing Irish airports. This would negatively impact our tourism industry, a critical part of the local economy in Tipperary, already facing the threat of Brexit.”

From an article on Tipperary Live, also on Tuesday.

Rob writez:

This is pretty much the same article from two different Fine Gaelers…


Tipperary FG candidate slams Budget proposals from Green Party (Tipperary Live)

Previously: ‘Propaganda Is Something You Pay For’

“Part Of Our Deal Is That We Don’t Have Any Moniker Such As ‘Advertorial’”

This morning.

Ireland AM.

Ocean FM writez:

Villages in rural Ireland with 300 families could voluntarily restrict themselves to 30 cars per village and share transport needs…

That’s the suggestion of Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, speaking on Ireland AM on Virgin Media One this morning, challenged by presenter, Ciara Doherty….

Via Ocean FM

Ron writes:

There are no words…

Above from left: Alan Kelly TD  with Senator Ged Nash and Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin and Joan Burton TD (top right)

No, really.

We only hit you because we love you.



Royal College of Physicians Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

The Labour Party launched its Alternative Budget 2020….

Labour leader Brendan Howlin warned the Fine Gael economic “recovery” is failing to work for large parts of the country, saying some areas still face 8% unemployment rates while one in four are working low-paying jobs.

With the threat of a no deal Brexit looming on the horizon, he said vulnerable people must be protected, in next Tuesday’s budget, with specific measures needed to improve employment levels in areas outside of Dublin…


Above from left:  Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD, Finance Spokesperson Neasa Hourigan and Leader Eamon Ryan TD launching their pre-budget submission yesterday


Irish Georgian Society, Dublin 2.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has thrown down the environmental gauntlet to Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil by insisting next week’s budget must be the start of a decade of green policies to save the country.

Mr Ryan made the claim at the launch of his party’s alternative budget, saying “a decade-long strategy for a carbon neutral Ireland” is vital if a “secure future for the next generation” is to be achieved.

Greens urge decade of green policies ahead of possible kingmaker role (Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner)



The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin.

Scenes from the Green Party Convention with participants including Ciaran Cuffe (pic 1); Catherine Martin TD (pic 3); Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD (pic 4); pic 7, from left: Councillor Hazel Chu, Janet Horner, Cllr Neasa Hourigan and Cllr Pauline O’Reilly.

In his keynote speech to the party’s national convention in Dublin, Mr Ryan has argued that entering government was the most effective way to address the climate emergency.

Referring back to the Green’s first experience in coalition, which saw the party losing all its seats in 2011, Mr Ryan said: “I know from experience how hard that can be but also what can be achieved. To prepare properly it is important to set out the principles that we would approach any programme for government negotiations.”

He said the party should be willing to talk to any party who shared its core belief in constitutional, democratic and peaceful politics.

Green Party must be ‘open’ to coalition with major parties – Ryan (Irish Times)


This afternoon.

TU Dublin Grangegorman, Grangegorman Lower, Arran Quay, Dublin.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and cabinet colleagues launch the Government’s ‘Climate Action Plan to Tackle Climate Breakdown’.

To wit:

The Government aims to bring 950,000 electric vehicles into circulation as part of the Climate Action Plan, which has been published this afternoon.

It also plans to introduce legislation to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030, and to roll out a nationwide charging system for electric vehicles.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton described the plan as “ambitious but realistic”.

He said it identified how Ireland would achieve its 2030 targets for carbon emissions, and put the country “on a trajectory to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050”.

Climate Action Plan ‘ambitious but realistic’ (RTÉ)



Last night.

Cork City Hall.

Dan Boyle is elected to Cork City Council for Cork South Central and will be among four Green Party councillors in the chamber.

Dan said:

“The Greens have been involved with more on the ground campaigning. We have taken an inclusive approach to social media and the mainstream media and we are making people aware of wider social issues and there have been some very positive engagements.

In terms of people engaging with environmental issues, I would describe it as the ‘David Attenborough effect’ and more young people are coming out to vote.

“I will be seeking meetings with the other parties and groupings to discuss the possibility of a civic charter and vision for Cork over the next five years. The shape of Cork should be a constant conversation.”

Dan Boyle returns to City Hall on the Green wave (EchoLive)

Stop that.

The ‘Green Wave’ hasn’t happened yet.

This afternoon.

Irish Georgian Society, Dublin

Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD (left), Candidate for Europe Ciaran Cuffe (centre) and party leader Eamon Ryan TD at their party’s final press conference before the European and Local elections.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews


This afternoon.

Leader of the Labour Party Brendan Howlin TD speaking to the media outside St Stephens Green, Dublin 2 for the final press conference with his party’s candidate for Europe Alex White (to Mr Howlin’s right) before voting on Friday.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews