Real progress being made for rural communities in Cavan through the Action Plan for Rural Development

Real progress is being made for rural communities in Cavan through the Action Plan for Rural Development.


Senator Joe  O’Reilly was speaking after the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, published an Interim Progress Report on Realising our Rural Potential, the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.


“The Action Plan contains 276 actions for the delivery across Government, State agencies and other bodies over the next three years to support the economic and social progress of rural Ireland.  Each action has been assigned to a lead body which will be responsible for implementation of the action within a definite timescale.


“Key achievements across Government Departments since the Action Plan was launched include:


  • The 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme launched by Minister Humphreys with funding of €20 million over 15 months to support up to 300 towns and villages
  • A Framework for Town Centre Revival launched by Minister Mitchell O’Connor, to assist with the regeneration of rural towns
  • The 2017 CLÁR programme launched by Minister of State Michael Ring, with funding of €5 million to support disadvantaged rural communities
  • The Taoiseach and Minister Ring announced the establishment of the Atlantic Economic Corridor Taskforce to drive economic develop along the Eastern Seaboard
  • Minister Varadkar announced an additional 500 places on the Rural Social Scheme in January 2017 and these places are being rolled out across the country


“Fine Gael is Government is committed to revitalising rural Ireland. The recovery is now well established thanks to Fine Gael’s sensible management of the economy, with unemployment down to 6.2%. We now want to ensure the recovery is felt in every region in the country.


“Work is well underway across Government departments and agencies to deliver on the actions contained in the Action Plan for Rural Development. This will make a real difference to people who live and work in rural communities here in Cavan. This interim report, published by Minister Humphreys, shows that real progress is already being made across rural Ireland.


“New funding schemes, such as the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, are ensuring that money is going directly to the small rural communities which need it most. The CLÁR programme, which was closed by Fianna Fáil, has also been reopened by Minister Ring and is in operation again next year, targeting the most vulnerable rural communities. As evidenced in this report, progress is also being made on broadband, which is such a key issue for rural communities.


“This is the first time ever that a cross Government, co-ordinated plan has been developed with the specific aim of revitalising and supporting rural communities. Real progress is already being made and Fine Gael will ensure that this momentum continues for the benefit of rural communities nationwide.”

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website