Background

The Department of Rural and Community Development is currently developing a new, whole-of-Government rural development policy for Ireland.  This will follow on from the Action Plan for Rural Development which was published in January 2017 and reaches the end of its three-year timeframe in 2019.

The new rural policy will be forward-looking, with a 5-year timeframe, and will focus on strengthening our rural communities and economies.  It will take account of emerging economic, societal and international developments.  These include changing demographics within rural communities, the increasing focus on climate change adaptation, diversification in the agri-food sector, the next version of the CAP and LEADER programmes, new ways of working and the changing nature of jobs, and Brexit.

In order to develop the new policy, the Department has held a series of consultation events over the last number of months to obtain stakeholder views on the challenges and opportunities facing rural Ireland.  Following on from these events, the Department is now inviting wider feedback, through this online survey, on the challenges and opportunities facing people living and working in for rural Ireland.

The key themes that have emerged to date are reflected in the survey questions.

We welcome inputs from anyone who wishes to contribute to the development of this new policy, particularly those living and working in rural Ireland, through this online survey.

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* 1. In your opinion, what are the main challenges facing rural Ireland in the next 5 years ranked by priority from 1 - 10 (with 1 being the most significant challenge and 10 being the least significant) ?

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* 2. If there are other challenges which you feel were not included in Question 1, please indicate these in the comment box below.

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* 3. Based on the categories in Question 1, do you have any suggestions to address these challenges?
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* 4. In your opinion, what are the main opportunities available to rural Ireland in the next 5 years, ranked by priority from 1 - 10 (with 1 being the most significant opportunity and 10 being the least significant) ?

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* 5. If there are other opportunities which you feel were not included in Question 4, please indicate these in the comment box below.

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* 6. Based on the categories in Question 4, do you have any suggestions to realise these opportunities?

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* 7. Is there any additional feedback - not covered by the previous questions - that you would like to provide?

Please tell us a bit about yourself!
(N.B. This is a confidential survey, and you will remain anonymous, but we would like to find out some important details about the people who take the time to respond to our questionnaire.  Thank you.)

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* 8. To which gender do you most identify?


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* 9. In which age bracket do you fall?

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If you have any problems submitting this survey, please contact us at: Rural.Strategy@drcd.gov.ie.

The closing date and time for this survey is Friday 11 October 2019 at 5.00pm.
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