Category Archives: Environment

Defining rural

The dividing line between town and country is not always clear-cut. While the heights of the Mournes and the lakes of Fermanagh are unmistakably rural, the boundaries between town, city and countryside...

Rural Development: the next steps

Promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas underpins the ethos of the Rural Development Programme. On 26 June 2014, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA announced...

Rural proofing

Government departments and agencies are required to assess the impact of their policies on the countryside. Peter Cheney explains how the process works. Rural proofing is an exercise used within the Civil...

Measuring rural poverty

agendaNi sums up the extent of rural poverty and how government is seeking to deal with the problem. Poverty in rural areas is a multi-faceted problem with its consequences often being less...

Tackling rural crime

Peter Cheney assesses the trends for and the particular impact of crime in rural areas. Crime in the countryside is generally lower than in urban areas but a rural crime can have...

The Assembly’s agri-food agenda

The Agriculture and Rural Development Committee’s Chair, Paul Frew, talks to Richard Halleron about how it represents the farming and food industries. Paul Frew MLA, the current Chairman of the Assembly’s Agriculture...

A national voice on food policy

Margaret Ritchie talks to Peter Cheney about her work on the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. With food and agriculture becoming major issues on the national news agenda, the profile...