The Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas, established by the Minister for Environment, Communities and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD aims to develop a job creation strategy for Rural Ireland. The Commission will carry out an extensive public consultation on the future economic potential of rural Ireland and how best to channel funding and resources between 2013 and 2025.
The Commission will involve 3 stages:
- A nationwide consultation of rural stakeholders including employers, unions, farm bodies, community organisation and the public sector
- Research and analysis of economic factors affecting rural areas
- The preparation of a strategy supporting the medium-term economic development of the Rural Areas for the period to 2025
Teagasc as one of the leading research organisations in Agri-Food and Rural Affairs will take responsibility in conjunction with the Department of Environment and the Western Development Commission (WDC) for the research and consultation process.