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Strengthened Rural Economies and Communities

Last updated: 19 July 2018
Published: 13 July 2018
From: Department of the Taoiseach

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Strengthened Rural Economies and Communities

Investment will be directed to a more equal balance of growth between Ireland’s three regions – the Northern and Western; Southern; and Eastern and Midland (which includes Dublin). The objective is that all three regions should grow at broadly comparable rates as opposed to a continuation of the current long-term trend in which growth and opportunity in Dublin and the wider Eastern and Midland area far exceeds the rest of the country. 75% of future population growth will be outside Dublin across the regions and including rural areas.

A new Rural Regeneration and Development Fund of €1 billion will be established to invest in rural renewal to allow towns, villages and outlying rural areas to grow sustainably.

Fast, secure, high capacity and reliable digital connectivity is imperative, not just for economic competitiveness but also for sustainable living in all parts of the country. A key short-term action, therefore, will be delivery of the National Broadband Plan ensuring coverage in villages, rural areas and islands.

Other investment priorities include regional and local roads, tourism development, Greenways, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, and the Gaeltacht and the Islands.

See National Strategic Outcome 3 of the National Development Plan 2018 - 2027 for the full detail.