Humphreys wants ‘positive discrimination’ for rural areas

Plan includes calls for businesses to locate operations outside urban centres

Rural saviour? Heather Humphreys Pic: Fergal Phillips

Minister for Arts and Rural Affairs Heather Humphreys is to ask her government colleagues to “rural-proof” their policy decisions in an effort to boost economic development in the regions.

Humphreys wants ministers to come up with clear plans to positively discriminate towards rural Ireland, including imploring businesses to locate their operations outside urban centres.

“They have to rural-proof their policy decisions, and I would go further and ask them to positively discriminate towards ...