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dc.contributor.authorGrimes, Seamus
dc.identifier.citationGrimes, Seamus. (1988). Agricultural policy and land tenure in an Irish marginal county. Irish Geography, 21(1), 33-40. doi: 10.1080/00750778809478803en_IE
dc.description.abstractThis paper has a twofold objective. Firstly, recent land policy both at EEC and Irish government levels is evaluated from the perspective of the small family farm in County Lcitrim. one of Ireland's most marginal farming areas. Secondly, recent changes in a small sample ot County Leitrim farms are analysed in terms of their land tenure and household characteristics. The data reveal considerable social and cultural obstacles to an efficient system of land transfer resulting in a low level of land mobility. The policy response to such marginal conditions has not been encouraging either at EEC or National government level. Inadequate EEC directives have resulted in failure and while some positive intervention has been achieved by Irish agenicies such as the Land Commission, there has been a general failure to show awareness of conditions on the ground. State intervention through the welfare code has resulted in a strong dependency mentality which has greatly reduced the incentive to exploit either individual or communal resources.en_IE
dc.publisherGeographical Society of Irelanden_IE
dc.relation.ispartofIrish Geographyen
dc.subjectIrish agricultural policyen_IE
dc.subjectLand tenureen_IE
dc.subjectCounty Leitrimen_IE
dc.titleAgricultural policy and land tenure in an Irish marginal countryen_IE
dc.local.contactSéamus Grimes, School Of Geography& Archaeology, & Whitaker Institute, Room 124 Arts/Science Building, Nui Galway. 2636 Email:

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