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Programme from the forthcoming conference
Future of Rural Society: Opportunities for Rural Economic Development June 10th 2013
In association with CEDRA http://www.ruralireland.ie/
at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth http://www.nuim.ie/

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  1. 1. The Future of Rural Society:Opportunities for Rural Economic DevelopmentJune 10th 2013 | National University of Ireland, MaynoothCEDRACommission for the Economic Development of Rural AreasCoimisiún um Fhorbairt Eacnamaíoch na gCeantar CuaitheEnvironment, Community and Local GovernmentComhshaol, Pobal agus Rialtas Áitiúilwww.ruralireland.ie
  2. 2. The Future of Rural Society:Opportunities for Rural Economic DevelopmentJune 10th 2013 | National University of Ireland, MaynoothThe Commission for the Economic Development of Rural AreasThe Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) was established by theDepartment of Environment, Community and Local Government in October 2012 to undertake acomprehensive research exercise and produce a detailed report that will inform the mediumterm economic development of rural areas to the period 2025.This aim will be achieved through the delivery of a work programme that has been put in place by CDERA.The programme:• Identifies the ways in which rural areas can contribute to the benefit from national economicdevelopment strategies• Examines the key actions needed to ensure that rural areas, to the maximum extent will, contribute toand benefit from economic recovery• Informs prioritisation made by Government and other stakeholders in implementing future actions• Takes on board inputs from the public consultation and analysis provided by the secretariat, comprised ofthe Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Teagasc and the WesternDevelopment Commission.• Is cognisant of pressures on the public finances in drawing conclusionsConference OverviewThe conference,‘The Future of Rural Society: Opportunities for Rural Economic Development’is beingorganised in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU.The aim of the conference is to feedback some of the results from research undertaken on behalf of CEDRA todate and, more importantly, get the views of those attending regarding how this knowledge should be usedin the development of a strategy for the economic development of rural areas.The conference will hear from a range of national and international speakers. The presentations will providethe latest available research on national and international experience in the area of rural development, theimpact of the recession on rural areas, and the opportunities for future economic development.The conference will also mark the 25th Anniversary of the first EU Rural Development Strategy‘The Future ofRural Society’and co-author of the report Dr Dirk Ahner will speak about the relevance of this document tothe issues confronting rural communities.Nora Casey, fifth year student ofColáiste Naomh Eoin in Inish Meáin,is the winner of the CEDRA ArtCompetition for Secondary SchoolsStudents in Co. Galway.Students were asked to submit animage that inspires hope for thefuture and reflects rural Ireland. NoraCasey said, after her piece waschosen as the overall winner…“As a young person in rural IrelandI am proud to be a part of somethingthat is so relevant in my own area.I wanted to create a poster that wouldcatch peoples attention and sum upwhat CEDRA represents.”
  3. 3. The Future of Rural Society:Opportunities for Rural Economic DevelopmentJune 10th 2013 | National University of Ireland, Maynooth08.00 Registration and Tea & CoffeeSession 1Chairperson: Geraldine Tallon, Secretary General, Department of Environment,Community and Local Government09:10 WelcomeProfessor Philip Nolan, President NUI Maynooth09.15 Welcome Address and Overview of the Commission for the Economic Developmentof Rural Areas (CEDRA)Pat Spillane, Chairperson CEDRA09.30 Taking Stock of EU Rural Development: Learning from Pillar 2 ExperienceProfessor Janet Dwyer, Rural Policy at University of Gloucestershire09.55 Rural Ireland 1986-2011: Key Drivers of ChangeDr David Meredith, Senior Research Officer Teagasc and Head of Research CEDRAWhat are the implications?10.20 Discussion10.45 BREAKSession 2 | Enterprise Supports for Rural Economic DevelopmentChairperson: Ian Brannigan, Head of Regional Development, Western DevelopmentCommission (WDC)11.15 Supporting Rural EnterpriseDr Kevin Heanue, Economist Teagasc11.40 ResponseProfessor Sally Shortall, Queens University BelfastDiscussion12:30 LUNCHSession 3 | Economic DevelopmentChairperson: Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc14.00 Minister’s AddressMinister Phil Hogan T.D. Department of Environment, Community and Local Government14.20 Economic Development (Rural Resources and Local Development)Professor Cathal O’Donoghue, Head Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programmeand Head Executive of CEDRA14.45 Rural Commuting, Skills and Barriers to Rural EnterprisesDeirdre Frost, Policy Analyst, Western Development CommissionDiscussion15:30 BREAKSession 4 | The Future of Rural SocietyChairperson: Professor Jim Walsh, Vice President NUI Maynooth15:45 The Future of Rural Society 25 years onDr Dirk Ahner, Former Director General for Regional Policy, European CommissionOpen Discussion17:00 Closing StatementPat Spillane, Chairperson CEDRAwww.ruralireland.ieEnvironment, Community and Local GovernmentComhshaol, Pobal agus Rialtas Áitiúil
  4. 4. PAT SPILLANEPat is Chairperson ofthe Commission forthe EconomicDevelopment ofRural Areas (CEDRA).He has been a leaderthroughout his life,whether it be on the sporting field, wherehe won 9 All-Star awards, in his professionallife as a School Principal in St. Gobán’sCollege, Bantry or in his media career.Coming form a rural area Templenoe inCounty Kerry, he has direct experience ofthe challenges facing rural Ireland.PROFESSORCATHALO’DONOGHUEProfessor CathalO’Donoghue is Headof Teagasc RuralEconomy andDevelopmentProgramme and Head Executive of CEDRA.He has studied at UCC, UCD, Oxford and theLondon School of Economics, takingdegrees in Mathematics, Statistics,Economics and Social Policy. Prior to joiningREPD Cathal spent a number of years at theDepartment of Economics at NUI Galway,Ireland. Earlier he worked at the Departmentof Applied Economics, University ofCambridge for 6 years and previously at theEconomic and Social Research Institute,Dublin and as a Fast-Stream Civil Servant inthe UK Government.DR DAVIDMEREDITHDavid is a SeniorResearch Officer inthe Spatial AnalysisUnit in Teagasc RuralEconomy ResearchCentre and Head ofResearch for CEDRA. Davids researchfocuses on issues of rural change with aparticular emphasis on exploring the linksbetween global and EU drivers of changeand their impact on farm structures and thecomposition of the rural economy.David currently works as part of a number ofnational and international researchnetworks. He has worked on a range of EUfunded research projects and as aconsultant in the Western Balkans. David sitson the Royal Irish Academy Committee forthe Geographical Sciences.DEIRDRE FROSTDeirdre Frost is aPolicy Analyst withthe WesternDevelopmentCommission. She hasanalysed andpublished on arange of policy issues related to rural andregional development such as infrastructureconstraints and labour market issues.Publications include Connecting the West,Next Generation Broadband in the WesternRegion and Travel to Work and LabourCatchments in the Western Region.Prior to working with the WDC, Deirdreworked with the Economic and SocialResearch Institute (ESRI) in Dublin. She alsoworked as a consultant to FÁS and workedat the University of New South Wales,Sydney and at the Institute for EmploymentStudies, UK. She was educated at TrinityCollege Dublin (BBS in Political Science andBusiness Studies) and the University ofSussex, (MA in International Relations).DR. DIRK AHNERDirk worked in thefield of economicresearch in Germanyand France before hejoined the EuropeanCommission in 1978.He held a number ofdifferent positions in the DirectorateGeneral for Agriculture and RuralDevelopment and was also a member of theteam of policy advertiser for the President ofthe Commission. In 2003, he was appointedDeputy Director General where he wasresponsible for economic analysis, policyplanning and rural development. In 2007, hebecame Director-General for regionaldevelopment. Since his retirement at theend of 2011, he is still active as a policyadviser and teaches regional developmentpolicy at the College of Europe.DR KEVINHEANUEDr. Kevin Heanue isan Economistworking in Teagasc’sRural Economy andDevelopmentProgramme. Kevin’sresearch and publications include enterprisesupport and development; rural housing;education in rural areas; rural development;rural and agricultural innovation; ruralcommunity radio; industrial & enterprisepolicy; and innovation in low and mediumtechnology enterprises. He has participatedin EU Framework projects on enterpriseinnovation and as an external expert to theEuropean Network for Rural Development.During his career, Kevin has also worked inthe private sector as an economicconsultant and strategist to Irishgovernment departments, semi-stateagencies, national representativeorganisations and private clients. Kevin isactively involved in rural development andis Chairman of Connemara West Plc.PROFESSORJANET DWYERJanet is Professor ofRural Policy at theUniversity ofGloucestershire, andCo-Director of theCountryside andCommunity Research Institute. At the CCRI,she directs and undertakes research relatedto agriculture, the environment and ruraldevelopment.Her research expertise centres on Europeanand UK rural development policy andpractice, with particular interest inintegrated approaches, environmentalsustainability and institutional adaptation.Janet is well-known in policymaking circlesin the UK and EU. Recent projects include afarmer-centred pilot for deliveringecosystem services; a major, EU-27 study ofRural Development Impacts(www.rudi-europe.net), which developedrecommendations for future policy; andongoing expert support to the EuropeanNetwork for Rural Development.PROFESSORSALLYSHORTALLProfessor SallyShortall is a Readerin Sociology in theSchool of Sociology,Social Policy andSocial work in Queens University Belfast. Herareas of interest include agriculture, ruraldevelopment, farm families, the role ofwomen on farms, community development,social inclusion, and evidence-based policy.She has acted or is currently acting in anadvisory capacity to the Department ofAgriculture and Rural DevelopmentNorthern Ireland, Defra, The Food StandardsAgency, The Scottish Government, TheEuropean Parliament, The EuropeanCommission and the FAO. She has just beenappointed an advisor to the OECD on urbanrural inter-linkages.Speaker biographies