Public Consultation for a new National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland


  • Stakeholders encouraged to feed into second ever National Social Enterprise Strategy
  • Public Consultation opens today and will run until January 31st, 2024
  • ‘Social Enterprises have incredible potential to play an even greater role in our society’ – Minister Humphreys


The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday, 7th December) launched a public consultation for the Government’s second National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland. The main purpose of the consultation is to seek the views of all interested parties on the content of the next National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland.

The public consultation is the final stage in a broad-ranging process of stakeholder engagement, which began last year, to support the development of the policy. The policy will underpin ongoing government action and investment to support social enterprise over its lifetime, up to 2027. All interested parties are encouraged to make a submission through the consultation, which may be found here


Launching the consultation Minister Humphreys said:

I am delighted to launch this public consultation for the second National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland. Social enterprises have an incredible potential, and play an important role in the social and economic life of this country.

“It is an important opportunity to further ensure that the voices of all are listened to and heard during the development of the new Policy.

Our vibrant community of over 4000 social enterprises is having a huge impact, generating income of €2.34 billion and providing jobs for 3.7% of the Irish workforce, more than two thirds of which are women. This is an extraordinary platform to build on. Our new policy will play a central role in developing their huge potential in the years to come.

“The public consultation opens from today and will run until January 31st, 2024. I am encouraging all social enterprises and interested parties to feed into the consultation process.”


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