The National Development Plan has provided a total of €962 million for the Department of Rural and Community Development over the period 2021 to 2025.
This represents an increase of 36% on the previous 5 year allocation of €706 million made for the area under the previous NDP (for the period 2018-2022).
Over the 5 year period to 2025, the NDP is expected to allow for a total of €850 million in capital funding for rural development to 2025. This includes over €480 million for rural regeneration and development schemes such as RRDF
and Town and Village Renewal Scheme
and over €220 million to be invested in rural Ireland through the LEADER
It includes funding to deliver key capital projects for the Islands, namely, improved pier infrastructure on Inis Oirr, Inis Meain and Machaire Rabhairtaigh, and the provision of a new passenger ferry vessel for Oileán Thoraí.
There is also an increased investment in community development including a new Capital Scheme to upgrade Community Centres.