The Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) was established in September 2012, with Mr. Pat Spillane as its chairman.
Its purpose was to carry out a consultation on the future economic potential of rural Ireland. It was coordinated by Teagasc in conjunction with the Western Development Commission, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
The CEDRA Expert Advisory Group (EAG) and the Interdepartmental Group (IDG) were setup in 2015, to progress the recommendations of the report. The EAG consists of individuals who have vast experience in various areas that impact on rural Ireland. The IDG group includes representatives from all key Government Departments. Both groups are working to ensure a more coordinated and coherent approach to initiatives in place across government that will have an impact on rural Ireland.
One of the recommendations of the report was the setting up of a pilot initiative for the Rural Economic Development Zones. This was launched in June 2015.