IFA president, Joe Healy, has welcomed the publication of Project Ireland 2040, and its focus on the development and regeneration of rural Ireland. The Government unveiled the ambitious €116bn plan today (Friday 16), which outlined its vision for Ireland's development.
Mr Healy said the allocation of €1bn for a new Rural Regeneration and Development Fund indicates a very welcome commitment to supporting and strengthening rural Ireland. He also added that he was encouraged to see many of the IFA recommendations submitted to the draft plan taken into consideration, in particular the need for rural housing, renewable energy development, the regeneration of rural towns and villages, and the urgent need to deliver on the National Broadband Strategy.
"The detail of the plan will need to be examined carefully and IFA National Council will discuss at its next meeting before providing feedback to Government," said Mr Healy.