Rural Development

Realising our Rural Potential, the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, aims to unlock the enormous potential of Ireland’s rural communities to improve the lives of those living and working in rural areas. Through a framework of supports at national and local level, the Action Plan takes a coordinated approach across Government to both the economic and social development of rural Ireland.  The Plan covers a three-year period and contains a series of time-bound actions which will be monitored and reported on regularly.

The key objectives are to:

  • support sustainable and vibrant rural communities,
  • support enterprise and employment;
  • maximise our rural tourism and recreation potential;
  • foster culture and creativity in rural communities;
  • and improve rural infrastructure and connectivity.

Rural Ireland Action Plan

The Department will also continue to implement key rural development initiatives including, inter alia, the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, the rollout of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the pilot project in relation to Rural Economic Development Zones.