Rural Communities Must be Supported to Achieve their Full Potential

Wexford Chamber welcomes the Action Plan for Rural Development launched today by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD.

Karl Fitzpatrick, President Wexford Chamber, said “The ‘Realising our Rural Potential’ Plan is an important indication of Government commitment to supporting rural communities and the rural economy across Ireland. The  vitality and determination of rural businesses, and of their ambition to remain at the heart of their communities, is something that we are very aware of here in Wexford.   This Action Plan is a key component of a series of strategic initiatives such as the roll out of the National Broadband Plan and the development of a National Planning Framework that, when delivered, will allow rural businesses to grow and develop within their communities.

Long term strategy for rural Ireland must be to support our regions and rural communities in achieving their full potential in terms of economic development. Initiatives such as the Regional Action Plans for Jobs, which Wexford Chamber is fully committed to supporting,  have the potential to prove transformational for the economic development of the regions, but they will require a sustained focus from policy makers and significant capital investment over the coming years if they are to prove effective. Vibrant rural communities within strong regions will ensure the long term sustainability of rural life in Ireland.”