New Rural Action Plan to be launched

A new Action Plan for Rural Development is to be launched on Monday (23rd January) by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Longford town of Ballymahon.

The Action Plan has been prepared by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.  It will include more than 250 actions and is to act as an overarching structure for the implementation of government initiatives for rural Ireland.  It is expected to draw on the commitments in the Programme for a Partnership Government and recommendations in the report Commission for Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA)  and the Charter for Rural Ireland.

It will use a similar framework to the Action Plan for Jobs   and will contain time bound actions with each action the responsibility of a department or agency.

The three year Plan is to be organised under five pillars:

  • Supporting sustainable communities
  • Supporting enterprise and employment
  • Fostering culture and creativity
  • Maximising potential for tourism and recreation
  • Improving infrastructure and connectivity

The new Plan will form part of a suite of Rural Policies which include LEADER, the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones)  and Clár .

It is to be hoped that there will be a good link with the  forthcoming National Planning Framework (see here  and here) and the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies which will have significant influence on the development of Rural Areas in Ireland.

We’ll provide more detail on what is contained in the Action Plan for Rural Development in our next post following its launch.

Helen McHenry