Minister Humphreys publishes 2021 Annual Report from Department of Rural and Community Development

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, on Friday, 12th August 2022,  published the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Annual Report for 2021.

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the wide range of policies, programmes and initiatives developed and delivered by the Department in 2021.

Some key points from within the report include:

  • The Department oversaw the spending of more than €344 million in 2021.
  • €169 million was invested in the Rural Development Investment Programme, including the LEADER Programme, Town and Village Renewal Scheme, the Local Improvement Scheme, the Outdoor Recreation Scheme and the CLÁR Programme.
  • €171 million was provided to communities through programmes including the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), the Community Services Programme, the Seniors Alert Scheme, libraries development and other supports for the Community and Voluntary sector.
  • The Covid-19 Stability Fund supported by Dormant Accounts Funds enabled critical services to be delivered to vulnerable groups during the pandemic with funding of €7 million.
  • The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund continued in 2021 with funding of €84.5 million approved for 25 projects.
  • ‘Our Rural Future’, the Government’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025 was published in March 2021. The policy provides a blueprint for sustainable development and investment in rural Ireland over five years to 2025.
  • 40,897 passenger ferry sailings carrying 407,051 passengers to our off-shore islands. Cargo services carried over 38,000 tonnes of materials in the same period.
  • Continued implementation of the National Social Enterprise Policy and the five-year strategy to support Ireland’s community and voluntary sector (Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities).

The Department’s Annual Report can be found here

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