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 time frame, and will focus on strengthening our rural communities and economies.

It will take account of:

Emerging economic, societal and international developments, including changing demographics within rural communities,
The increasing focus on climate change adaptation, diversification in the agri-food sector,
the next version of rural funding schemes (for example, CAP and LEADER ) ,
New ways of working and the changing nature of jobs,
and Brexit.
The survey is part of a consultation process being undertaken by the Department of Rural and Community Development to inform the development of a new, whole-of-Government policy for rural Ireland for the period 2020-2025.

The survey is available at : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTPVSHB
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The closing date is 11th October 2019.