Issue 42

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2 News: Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA)

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, announced the establishment of a Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas, chaired by Pat Spillane (Dail Eireann, Debates, 21st November 2012, 798-9).  The Commission would include 15 members drawn from organizations concerned with rural development and they will not be paid.  The main product would be a report to inform the medium-term economic development of rural areas to 2025.  There would be an extensive research exercise to examine in detail the current status of the rural economy and a comprehensive public consultation exercise to include a number of public meetings over January – April 2013, with individual stakeholder meetings with civil society organizations.  The Commission would meet monthly until its report was completed and published in October 2013.  The work would be undertaken within existing resources, keeping costs to an absolute minimum, drawing on shared facilities from partnering institutions, his department, Teagasc and the Western Development Commission, without cost to the Commission.  No additional consultancy work would be undertaken and no additional human resources would be required.  It was hoped to recruit trainees from the Job Bridge programme and these internship opportunities were currently advertised.