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Peter Murray and Maria Feeney

such as the Pilot Area Development Programme (Scully 1968) recently launched to tackle the chronic problems facing small farmers in western counties. Community development was, therefore, ‘being increasingly accepted in Ireland as a most useful instrument not only by some rural organisations but by the Government itself and by some of the service agencies (notably Bord Failte and the Agricultural Advisory Services)’ and ‘it would be tragic if this commitment were not supported by the most effective possible organisation to link the voluntary and public bodies’. The

in Church, state and social science in Ireland