Today the government will launch a one billion euro fund that aims to boost rural communities.

Dublin and the commuter belt are continuing to swallow up more than 60 percent of new jobs.

As the country moves towards full employment a major urban rural divide is emerging.

Community and Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring told today’s Irish Independent that 'Ireland is unbalanced'.

He says people living in rural communities are being forced to travel long distances for work and that effects quality of life.

Today the government will launch a one billion euro fund for investment in rural towns and villages with a population under 10,000 over the next 10 years.

Minister Ring said the money will be a game changer for rural communities.He says the investment can be used by people to re-imagine their towns and villages.

Details of the investment are expected to be announced by lunchtime today.

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