The Department of Rural and Community Development is currently developing a new whole-of-government rural development policy for Ireland. This will follow on from the Action Plan for Rural Development which was published in January 2017 and reaches the end of its three year timeframe in 2019.
The new rural policy will be forward looking with a 5 year timeframe and will focus on strengthening our rural communities and economies. It will take account of emerging economic, societal and international developments. These include changing demographics within rural communities, the increasing focus on climate change adaption, diversification in the agr-food sector, the next version of CAP and LEADER programmes, new ways of working and the changing nature of jobs and Brexit.
In order to develop the mew policy, the Department has held a series of consultation events over the last number of months to obtain stakeholder views on the challenges and opportunities facing rural Ireland. Following on from theses events the Department is now inviting wider feedback through an online survey on the challenges and opportunities facing people living and working in rural Ireland.
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTPVSHB
The public consultation survey will be available until Friday 11th October 2019.