Call for Expressions of Interest – National Walks Scheme


The National Walks Scheme facilitates the development and maintenance of many of Ireland’s walking trails.  The scheme, which is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development, assists in the provision of high quality walking trails by private landholders, by contracting them, or their nominees, to undertake maintenance work on sections of National Waymarked Ways and other priority walks that traverse their lands… Continue reading.

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Indecon Consultants appointed to carry out independent review of the Community Services Programme – Minister Ring

Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today (Thursday) announced that, following a public procurement process, Indecon Consultants have been appointed to carry out an independent review of the Community Services Programme (CSP)… Continue reading.

Consultation on Review of Public Participation Network User Guide.

The PPN User Guide is a practical guide to support all PPN stakeholders – member organisations, secretariats, Resource Workers and local authorities.

The User Guide is now being reviewed to make sure it is fit for purpose in terms of supporting the on-going growth and development of PPNs.

This consultation process/review relates specifically to the content of the PPN User Guide, and is not a review of PPNs generally.

Submissions are invited in relation to the updating of the PPN User Guide and it is open to any individual or organisations to submit their views on the review of the PPN User Guide.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 3pm on 30 April 2019.

Full details of this ‘Call for Input’ (CFI) by the Department are contained here.

2019 CLÁR Programme to contain new measures which will greatly benefit rural communities – Minister Ring

Michael Ring TD, The Minister for Rural and Community Development, today (Thursday, 28 February) announced details of the CLÁR programme for 2019 which includes new measures to support rural communities. CLÁR provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline. The programme is part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme… Continue reading.