RGDATA, the representative association for independent, family-owned grocery shops, convenience stores and supermarkets in Ireland, today urged government ministers to act quickly upon recommendations made in the Report of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA), which was published yesterday.
Tara Buckley RGDATA director general said, "Rural Irish Towns and villages need swift action to address the problems of closed shops and businesses and high unemployment which is severely impacting on local economic and community life. The hearts have been ripped from many towns by out of town developments and town centres have been neglected.”
Buckley said that the CEDRA report recommends that the Government make a clear and committed rural economic policy statement. “RGDATA urges the Taoiseach and the Government to do this as a matter of urgency.”
Buckley went on to highlight the need for co-ordination and action from government ministers to tackle rural issues and “revitalise our towns and villages.”
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