RGDATA has welcomed the launch of the Government’s new vision for the future of rural Ireland saying it is vital that the promised Town Centre First policy is put at the centre of the new strategic plan to “sustain and build strong communities in all parts of Ireland”. RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley said: “Currently this is a very aspirational plan. RGDATA will review the entire plan and we will certainly be ensuring that the funding for the various elements is delivered in Budget 2022.”
The Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister for Rural Affairs and Minister for the Environment launched the plan in Croke Park yesterday (29/3/21). The Government promised a “ground up” approach to revitalising rural Ireland where almost 50% of the population reside in the countryside and Towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000.
RGDATA has made a number of submissions to Government on Town Centre regeneration and the need for repurposing of Towns and villages, the rollout of Collaborative Town Centre Health Checks, development of a collaborative approach to community building and funding for a central voice for Irish Towns.