Councillor Paddy Hill in the village of Finea. Photograph : Barry Cronin

Lack of mobile signal and internet are making it difficult to make a living in Finea

Emma Ward from Coolaney in Co Sligo has sent CVs to businesses in counties Longford, Galway and Mayo, offering to move house to work. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

Rural areas have been particularly badly hit by the economic downturn

Counting votes in Keenagh Community Centre during the Westmeath-Longford byelection last may: photographers had no access to wifi to send photos of the winner back to newsrooms; the mobile phone signal was also too weak for the task. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Issue of broadband access illustrates the Republic’s urban-rural disparity

Brian Bonham, manager of Laois Trip: sanguine about central co-ordination of sevices. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Services being centralised by the National Transport Authority

Joe Beirne with bags of ice at his Battlebridge Campsite, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

Households and businesses buying ice cubes sourced from west Yorkshire

Rural decline: overlooking Granard, in Co Longford, a badly affected town. Photograph: Bryan O Brien

Towns and villages in rural Ireland are being allowed to wither with little debate about the cultural, planning or economic issues(...)

Under Section 38 of the Taxi Regulation Act, the National Transport Authority provided information in the register of licences for small public service vehicles (SPSVs) to be made publicly available. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Representatives claim release of home addresses leaves them open to violent attacks

The young boy died in a farming related incident at a farm near the village of Ferbane, Co Offaly.

Separate investigations launched by Garda and Health and Safety Authority

Pleasant weather conditions over Dublin city this evening. The weather is forecast to be changeable for the week.

Met Éireann predicts rain and sunny spells - as does New Zealand-based weather forecaster

More articles