Action Plan for Ireland
Action Plan for Rural Ireland
In response to the commitments relating to regional and rural development contained in the Programme for Government, published in May 2016, the Department has begun the process of developing a new Action Plan for Rural Ireland to advance economic and social progress in rural areas.
It is proposed that the Action Plan will act as an overarching structure for the implementation of new Government initiatives which have the potential to benefit rural Ireland, as well as the implementation of existing plans and strategies, such as the report of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) and the Charter for Rural Ireland. Work has now commenced on the Action Plan and it is expected that the plan will be published by the end of 2016.
The Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) produced its report in April 2014. The report and the associated list of recommendations sets out a series of actions designed to support the long-term sustainable development of rural Ireland. Significant work on implementing the recommendations has been achieved, most notably through the launch of the Town and Villages Renewal Scheme (http://test.ahg.gov.ie/rural/rural-development/town-village-renewal-scheme/) and the continued implementation of the LEADER programme (http://test.ahg.gov.ie/rural/rural-development/leader/). The forthcoming Action Plan for Rural Ireland will now act as the vehicle for the continued implementation of the CEDRA recommendations.
Charter for Rural Ireland
The Charter for Rural Ireland was launched in January 2016. The Charter contains a number of commitments which will help establish the foundations for the rejuvenation of the rural economy and rural society as a whole. The forthcoming Action Plan for Rural Ireland will build in the commitments contained in the Charter and set out a clear roadmap for their implementation.