Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (586)

Niall Collins


586. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the advertising campaigns, promotional events and launches planned by his Department for the first six months of 2020; the budgeted costs of these campaigns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51416/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department is responsible for promoting rural and community development and supporting vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities throughout Ireland.

In order for my department to carry out it's functions it engages in a variety of communications activities. While my Department's business planning process, for 2020, is ongoing I anticipate that in the first six months of 2020 I will;

- Announce the third call for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund applications

- Launch a new, whole-of-Government rural development policy

- Launch a National Volunteering Strategy (2020 - 2025)

Any costs associated with these activities will be allocated from my Departments existing budget.