Farming & Rural Development

Farming & Rural Development

• Fine Gael introduced The Action Plan for Rural Development to support economic and social progress in rural Ireland.
• Fine Gael introduced a new Cash Flow Loan Support Scheme to provide low cost, flexible loans to farmers
• 500 extra places have been added to the Rural Social Scheme, to support low income farmers and fishermen. This is the first increase since 2006
• We are committed to helping create 135,000 jobs outside of Dublin by 2020
• The 2040 National Planning Framework will help the west as a key economic driver, to emerge as a counter balance to Dublin. This strategic action plan will help the west to secure long overdue investment, in infrastructural developments on a sustained basis
• A package of measures has been introduced to strengthen the agri-food sector to meet the challenges of Brexit:
• We established a dedicated Brexit Unit in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
• We are maintaining frequent contact with representative farming organisations and agri-food companies
• Significant additional resources were allocated to Bord Bia and Bord Iascaigh Mhara in Budget 2017
• Increased spending for local and regional roads by 9%

Revitalising Rural Ireland


• The Repair and Leasing Scheme is one of a number of initiatives Fine Gael is undertaking to address vacant properties and secure them for social housing, by financing the cost of repairs
• Other initiatives include the Buy and Renew Scheme which provides funding for local authorities to purchase vacant properties, remediate them and make them available for social housing use
• Fine Gael is investing more than €28 million in towns, village and rural recreation projects in 2017. At least 200 town and village will benefit from funding this year. We will inject funding into rural areas through:
• The Town and Village Renewal Scheme which supports the regeneration of rural towns and villages
• The CLÁR Programme (which was closed by Fianna Fáil) for small scale infrastructural projects in disadvantaged rural areas. Among the areas covered under CLÁR include safety measure for schools and community facilities and playgrounds
• Built Heritage Scheme which helps owners and occupiers of protected structure and significant heritage buildings
• Funding is also allocate for Heritage Council Schemes and a variety of rural recreational projects
• A further round of the Sports Capital Programme (which was closed down by Fianna Fáil will provide 430 million to develop sports clubs and facilities
• To find out more visit:

Farmer Schemes and Payments


Farmers can access a range of supports, payment and other assistance from the Department of Agriculture, Goods and the Marine
These include:
• Basic Payment Scheme
• Greening
• Areas of Natural Constraint
• Knowledge Transfer Programme
• Fodder Aid Scheme
• Bio-Energy Scheme
• Fallen animals
• Subsidy for TSE Testing Scheme
• National Beef Assurance Scheme

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