Unlocking Rural Potential: CEDRA 5 Years On

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In Spring 2014, the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas launched its report ‘Energising Ireland’s Rural Economy’. At the time, Ireland was coming out of recession, with rural Ireland still in its depths.

Five years on, Ireland is well out of crisis, with element levels above the previous peak and consumer spending at pre-crisis levels. However the recovery is a twin speed one. Although most areas are seeing recovery, the cities are growing at a faster rate. ‘Project Ireland 2040’ spells out a vision for the future.

In this workshop leading thinkers on rural development will discuss the state of rural Ireland, reflect on the legacy of CEDRA in putting rural economic development higher on the national agenda, and consider directions for future development.

Keynote speaker at the workshop will be the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, who as Minister for the Environment established CEDRA in 2012.

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