Rural
Ireland

Realising our Rural Potential

The Department of Rural and Community Development has responsibility for promoting and facilitating long-term economic and social progress across rural Ireland. The Department is responsible for co-ordinating the Action Plan for Rural Development.  Other key areas of responsibility include the implementation of the LEADER elements of the

Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the delivery of a range of other schemes, including a Rural Recreation Scheme, the Rural Walks Scheme, a Town and Village Enhancement scheme and the CLÁR Programme. The oversight of preparations for the timely roll-out of broadband is also a key priority.

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You, Your Community and COVID-19

Government support to communities through the Government Action Plan for Community Response to COVID-19 Communities in Ireland have a great ability to get together and help each other in times […]

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Policies & Initiatives

Use the links to find out about the many initiatives and programmes available.