Rural Policy 2020 – Public Consultation
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 focus on strengthening our rural communities and economies, taking emerging economic, societal and international developments into account, including climate change adaptation, diversification in the agri-food sector, the next version of the CAP and LEADER programmes, new ways of working and the changing nature of jobs, changing demographics within rural communities, and Brexit.
Rural Policy 2020 – Public Consultation Workshop
The public are invited to consultation events, in September and October, to inform the next phase of rural development policy for Ireland. These workshops will seek to obtain the views of people living and working in rural Ireland on the challenges and opportunities facing them and their communities over the next five years, and actions required to help rural Ireland realise its full potential.