Minister Humphreys Launches Public Consultation on Ireland’s first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy

Posted on 8 Jun 2021

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has launched a public consultation on Ireland’s first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy.

  • New strategy to shape the development of outdoor pursuits and activity tourism for years to come
  • Public asked for feedback on how to enhance amenities such as trails, cycleways, waterways, beaches, mountains, bogs and forests
  • Delivery of new strategy a key commitment in ‘Our Rural Future’

The delivery of the strategy is a key commitment in Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious five-year policy to revitalise Rural Ireland.

The consultation will last for three weeks and will involve members of the public giving their views on how best to improve and develop our outdoor amenities such as our trails, cycleways, waterways, beaches, mountains, bogs and forests.

The public are also being asked to consider ways to develop activity tourism and outdoor pursuits such as cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, surfing, wind-surfing, sailing, paragliding and hang-gliding.

The consultation will run for the next three weeks with the closing set scheduled for 5pm on 23 June, 2021.

The strategy is being developed in partnership with Comhairle na Tuaithe (The Countryside Council).

How to participate

To input your views on outdoor recreation, please complete the online questionaire.

For those who would like to submit their views by hard copy, the form is available to print and can be sent by post to Outdoor Recreation Public Consultation, Department of Rural and Community Development, Government Buildings, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26 E8N6.

Any questions on the consultation process can be emailed to

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