New Consortium Appointed to Run Ireland's National Rural Network (NRN)

The Department of Agriculture today announced the appointment of a new NRNconsortium led by Irish Rural Link, supported by The Wheel, NUI Galway and Philip Farrelly & Co. to run Ireland’s National Rural Network (NRN).  The new consortium will be responsible for facilitating all stakeholders and interested groups in achieving better outcomes across all the measures under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP). 
 
The NRN is part of the implementation architecture for RDPs across the EU, and its primary aims are to increase stakeholder involvement, improve quality of implementation, inform the public and potential beneficiaries, and foster innovation.

The National Rural Network consortium will endeavour to create strong linkages between the administrative structures and organisations delivering Rural Development in Ireland. 

 
Commenting on the announcement, Seamus Boland Chief Executive of Irish Rural Link said: “The ambition of the new consortium is to maximize the impact of the RDP by bringing it into the lives of as many people and communities as possible. We aim to transform levels of engagement with the programme, and by building participation in its implementation, and a sense of ownership of the programme amongst stakeholders, to maximise the positive impact in the lives of people and communities across rural Ireland.”
 
Deirdre Garvey, Chief Executive of The Wheel added: “Through decades of combined experience working with rural communities, researching rural issues, and networking with and on behalf of rural communities the members of the consortium have developed an innate understanding of the issues and pressures facing rural Ireland and the obstacles to higher participation in and knowledge of programmes designed to address these issues. We look forward to working with rural communities across Ireland to help them maximise the beneficial outcomes of the RDP. ”
 
Dr Maura Farrell, Director MA in Rural Sustainability at NUI Galway said "The National Rural Network consortium will endeavour to create strong linkages between the administrative structures and organisations delivering Rural Development in Ireland. Through a resilient and systematic communications structure, the Network aims to increase stakeholder participation, expand the quality of rural development programmes and advance and disseminate innovative practices that can positively influence individuals and societies throughout rural Ireland.”
 
Also commenting on today’s announcement, agricultural consultant Philip Farrelly said: “Actions under the RDP are felt across all farms and all sectors across the broader rural community. The RDP’s funding programme provides an unmatched stimulus throughout the entire rural community, delivering income support and incentivising environmental gains to the lowest income sectors.  The NRN will strive to achieve the highest participation rates and best outcomes for rural families and the environment.”
 
For more information  visit www.nationalruralnetwork.ie  or email info@nationalruralnetwork.ie.