Archive for August 2012

The mindset that fails rural Ireland

Aug 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Ireland

The following letter appears in this week’s edition of the Irish Farmers’ Journal. The title above is that applied to the letter by the Journal’s editor.

 “On Monday, 13th August, the ‘Irish Times, ran a column by Jim Clarken of Oxfam Ireland in which Mr Clarken commented, “Thankfully, in Ireland just 7 per cent of household incomes goes on the weekly shop”. Nowhere in the column did he ask why the weekly shopping bill was so low.

Ministering in a farming community, where the past summer has created huge difficulties,