We sustain local and community development in Ireland.

We seek to create an Ireland where –

  • development is integrated and determined at a local level
  • vibrant, sustainable and inclusive communities flourish
  • communities that are vulnerable, disadvantaged or under threat are empowered to overcome these problems
  • society as a whole is active, democratic and pluralist
  • people can be sure they have a reliable fire and rescue service
  • communities can be resilient in times of severe weather or emergency


Responsibility for the following Rural Development and Tidy Towns functions transferred to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from 9th June 2016.