The Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) was established in November 2012 as an independent expert group to examine and report on the medium-term economic development of rural Ireland to 2025. CEDRA was an initiative of the Departments of Environment, Community and Local Government and Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
The CEDRA process was underpinned by extensive public consultation, with 9 public meetings, 18 stakeholder meetings and an online survey undertaken to ascertain the views of the public on issues facing the rural economy. In addition, a comprehensive programme of research was carried out to inform the process and published as an accompanying paper by the Commission.
The report of the Commission, Energising Ireland’s Rural Economy, was published in April 2014. The report made 34 recommendations to Government which the Commission argued would support the further development of the rural economy, creating a dynamic, adaptable and outward-looking multi-sectoral economy.
Following the publication of the CEDRA report, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government was tasked with formulating the Government’s response. Over the ensuing two years, until the formation of a new Government in May 2016, many of the recommendations of the report were implemented by that Department, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and other bodies.
In accordance with a commitment in the Action Plan for Rural Development, this review outlines the status of each recommendation contained in the CEDRA report.