Our main task is coordinating the cross-Government implementation of the Action Plan for Rural Development.  We also seek to communicate the aims and objectives of the Plan and work with the Ambassador for Rural Ireland to advocate these to our colleagues in the public sector, rural stakeholders and the public at large to try and build the widest possible coalition for the implementation of the Plan and the realisation of its objectives.

We are also tasked with delivering certain key actions in the plan, most notably developing a National Policy on Social Enterprise and preparing a rural-proofing model for Government and State Agency policies and operations.

Another key project which we are working on is progressing the Atlantic Economic Corridor proposal in conjunction with key stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

We will also develop an action plan for the Dormant Accounts Fund, a scheme for the disbursement of unclaimed funds from accounts in credit institutions in Ireland, and will oversee the disbursement of the Funds in conjunction with Pobal.

Atlantic Economic Corridor

The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to progress the concept of an Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) with the potential to contribute to effective regional development by complementing Ireland’s thriving East Coast. The development of the Atlantic Economic Corridor is a long-term collaborative initiative encompassing Ireland’s business community, national and local government, higher education sector, and public bodies.

The Atlantic Economic Corridor Taskforce was established in March 2017 to progress the AEC initiative. Minister of State Seán Kyne chairs the Taskforce which includes senior representatives from the business sector, key Government Departments, other public bodies, and Third Level institutions.

For further information on the AEC visit www.atlanticeconomiccorridor.ie