Comhairle na Tuaithe was established in February 2004 to address the following priority issues:
- access to the countryside
- developing a countryside code
- developing a countryside recreation strategy
Comhairle na Tuaithe is comprised of representatives of the farming organisations, recreational users of the countryside and state bodies with a responsibility or interest in the countryside. This Department acts as secretariat for Comhairle na Tuaithe. It meets at least four times annually to discuss matters relating to rural recreation/activity tourism, access to the countryside and to further the implementation of the priorities of the National Countryside Recreation Strategy
Access to the countryside, which has proven to be an on-going issue for private landowners, state landholders, recreational users and tourists alike has been progressed through the efforts of Comhairle na Tuaithe and the introduction of the Walks Scheme in 2008.
Progess to Date
Comhairle na Tuaithe has identified and agreed a set of access parameters to the countryside, which it believes will serve as a basis for conflict prevention and integrate a variety of needs and responsibilities. It was determined that the application of the Internationally-recognized Leave No Trace Initiative was the most appropriate structure to deliver the key features necessary to countryside code development.