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This page contains specific information about the planning and implementation of smart villages in Ireland. The information aims to orient people on policy planning, key contacts and resources on smart villages. However, it neither aims to be fully comprehensive, nor necessarily reflects the official government or European Commission position.
Explore how smart villages are being implemented in Ireland.
Key CAP contact(s) :
Support for Smart Villages under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
- Ireland’s CAP post-2020 Consultative Committee provides a forum to allow stakeholders express their views and remain updated as the CAP reform discussions progress. Representatives from Ireland’s Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) and the Irish National Rural Network are members of this committee.
- As part of Ireland’s ongoing CAP post 2020 stakeholder consultation process, the Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) had an open call for submissions to assist in the development of a comprehensive SWOT analysis of the sector from the 9th of September 2019 to the 11th of October 2019.
- The Managing Authority for the LEADER Programme in Ireland, the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), believe that LEADER is well positioned to become the key policy ingredient and catalyst towards the ‘smart’ revolution of rural towns and villages in Ireland, particularly through its community-led approach to rural development. The three core themes of the Irish LEADER Programme (i.e. (i) Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation, (ii) Social Inclusion & (iii) Rural Environment) are particularly relevant for the successful realisation of Smart Villages.
- The national seminar entitled ‘Smart Villages and Rural Towns in Ireland: Revitalising Rural Areas through Community-Led Innovation’ (2019) aimed to build greater knowledge around the Smart Villages initiative, and demonstrate how it can be planned, implemented and realised in an Irish context.
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Key NRN contact(s) :
Activities of the National Rural Network (NRN) on smart villages
- The Irish National Rural Network (NRN) team at National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway is leading the NRN’s work on the Smart Village initiative.
- The Irish NRN continually communicates to its members through its monthly e-bulletins and quarterly newsletters and social media accounts about Smart Villages and Smart Rural Towns. Among others, the NRN advocates that the LEADER Programme is well positioned to forge a strong relationship with the Smart Villages initiative.
- The Irish NRN actively participated in the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) Thematic Group (TG) on Smart Villages and promoted information nationally from the ENRD’s Smart Villages Portal.
- The Irish NRN was the co-organiser of the ‘Smart Villages and Rural Towns in Ireland: Revitalising Rural Areas through Community-Led Innovation’ National Seminar.
Support provided through other national/ regional policies & initiatives
Ireland’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment (DCCAE) and Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) launched Ireland’s first ‘Smart Community’ initiative in January 2019. This innovative initiative is a new approach that aims to bring exposure to digital content and technology in rural communities, and also to support rural dwellers in discovering the value of using digital in their daily lives. Tubbercurry & South Sligo located in the west of Ireland have been chosen to test the feasibility of this initiative. The Smart Community initiative has the potential, in combination with local authority Digital Strategies and the LEADER Programme’s community-led approach to rural development, to deliver enhanced demand stimulation for uptake of High-Speed Broadband services in rural communities.