Comhairle na Tuaithe was set up in February 2004 to look at the following issues:
Comhairle na Tuaithe is made up of people from farming organisations, recreational users of the countryside and state bodies with a responsibility or interest in the countryside. The Department of Rural and Community Development acts as secretariat for Comhairle na Tuaithe.
Access to the countryside, which is an ongoing issue for private landowners, state landholders, recreational users and tourists alike has been progressed through the efforts of Comhairle na Tuaithe and the introduction of the The Walks Scheme in 2008.
Comhairle na Tuaithe has identified and agreed a set of operational rules for access to the countryside. This should help prevent conflict and serve a variety of needs and responsibilities.
It was decided that the use of the internationally recognised Leave No Trace Initiative was the best method to develop the features necessary for a countryside code in Ireland.