National and Regional Dimensions

The Department is a key contributor to effective rural and regional development by way of:

  • Input into the National Planning Framework
  • Facilitating the work of the Western Development Commission and the Atlantic Economic Corridor Taskforce; and
  • Engaging with the Regional Assemblies on an on-going basis in relation to matters under the Department’s remit.

The Department has a role, working with local authorities to help facilitate the local rollout of commercial and National Broadband Plan infrastructure across the country. The Department works closely with the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment in this regard.

The Department is also leading on the development of innovative models of social enterprise, including through the development of a National Policy on Social Enterprise.  The Department will also be working with Philanthropy including Social Innovation Fund Ireland.