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Organisation Information

The Rural Development and Regional Affairs Division

Published: 27 November 2018
From: Department of Rural and Community Development

The Rural Development and Regional Affairs Division promotes and facilitates long-term sustainable economic and social progress in rural parts of Ireland through a coordinated approach across government.

A key instrument to deliver this objective is the government's Action Plan for Rural Development which contains a series of measures to unlock the potential of rural communities and enterprises though a framework of supports at national, regional and local level.

Other areas of the division's activities include the implementation of the LEADER Rural Programme 2014-2020, the delivery of a range of other schemes supporting rural tourism and recreation, Town and Village Renewal Scheme, and local improvements, and the coordination of TidyTowns.

These projects are funded by CLÁR and the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The division also plays an important role in regional development, in particular through facilitating the development of the Atlantic Economic Corridor concept and supporting the rollout of high-speed broadband and telecommunications infrastructure across rural Ireland.