Rural Development in Ireland is managed nationally through one Rural Development Programme (RDP), funded under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and national contributions. The RDP sets out priority approaches and actions to meet the needs of the specific geographical area it covers.

Explore EAFRD-supported projects in Ireland;

Browse through the Irish Local Action Groups (LAGs).

Rural development funding through the EAFRD is part of a broader framework of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), including also Regional Development, Social, Cohesion, and Fisheries Funds. These are managed nationally, by each EU Member State, on the basis of Partnership Agreements, strategic plans outlining the country’s goals and investment priorities.

RDP information

RDP documents


See ENRD summaries of all national and regional RDPs. Find out more about RDP implementation and the broader Rural Development policy framework.

    Partnership Agreement documents

    See ENRD summaries of all 28 Partnership Agreements.

    National Rural Network

    NRNs operate in each EU Member State to support and enhance rural development objectives, enable and facilitate exchange and learning between all the partners involved in policy implementation.

    The operation of each NRN is supported by a Network Support Unit (NSU) tasked with coordinating thematic and analytic work, facilitating networking and exchange, and communicating the work and voices of the network.

    Contact the Irish NSU

    National Rural Network Ireland
    Moate Business Park
    Clara Road
    Moate
    Co Westmeath
    Ireland
    Telephone: 00353 90 648 27 44

    E-mail: info@nationalruralnetwork.ie

    Contact persons:
    Seamus Boland (Project Director): seamus@irishrurallink.ie 
    James Claffey (Project Manager): james@irishrurallink.ie
    Deirdre Garvey (Consortium Coordinator): deirdre@wheel.ie
    Maura Farrell (Leader Researcher): maura.farrell@nuigalway.ie
    Philip Farrelly (Consultant): philip@pfarrelly.com

    Managing Authority

    Rural Development Division
    Agriculture House
    Kildare St.
    Dublin 2
    D02 WK12
    Ireland
    Telephone: 00353 1 607 2885

    E-mail: RuralDevelopment@agriculture.gov.ie

    Website: www.agriculture.gov.ie

    Paying Agency

    Finance Division
    Agriculture House
    Kildare St. 
    Dublin 2
    D02 WK12
    Ireland
    Telephone: 00353 1 607 2799

    E-mail: FinanceDivisionFMAU@agriculture.gov.ie

    Website: www.agriculture.gov.ie