Geographia Polonica (2003) vol. 76, iss. 1

Irish rural development within the European Union

Desmond A. Gillmor

Geographia Polonica (2003) vol. 76, iss. 1, pp. 111-126 | Full text

After the Republic of Ireland joined the European Union in 1973, its rural development efforts tended to focus more specifically on agriculture. Development during the first two decades of EU membership is discussed, followed by considerations of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, of EU Structural Funding and of rural community development initiatives. Since the mid 1990s, and prompted by the EU, there have been moves towards the evolution of a strategically planned and more broadly based and integrated approach to rural development policy.

Keywords: agriculture, European Union, Ireland, rural development

Desmond A. Gillmor, Department of Geography, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland