New Secretary General at the Department of Rural Development

Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys has announced the appointment of Mary Hurley as the department’s new secretary general.

Hurley was appointed to the position following an open competition held by the Public Appointments Service and the High Level Appointments Committee (TLAC).

Welcoming Hurley to the post, Minister Humphreys said:

“I am delighted to welcome Mary on board as General Secretary and look forward to working with her to revitalize rural Ireland and make our communities better places to live, work and raise a family.”

Prior to this appointment, Hurley was Assistant Secretary in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Previously, she was also responsible for policy areas such as community and rural development, regeneration, fire and emergency management, homelessness and local government.

During her career, Hurley also worked in several other departments, including the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, where she played a key role in the 1916 commemorations.

“Mary has a wealth of experience in public service and I am confident she will make a significant contribution to her role as Corporate Secretary,” added Humphreys.

Development Assistance Pack

Over the past few months, the minister’s department has deployed funds for a number of rural and community initiatives.

More recently, Minister Humphreys announced a support package of over 150 million euros transform cities and rural communities throughout 2022.

The minister detailed several streams of funding that will revitalize city centres, fight abandonment, promote remote working and improve communities.

As part of the package, Humphreys announced the introduction of a new Community Centers Investment Fund which will invest €15 million in upgrading and refurbishing community buildings across the country.

Other announced investment initiatives include investments in remote working and connectivity, outdoor amenities, rural regeneration projects and funding to help communities recover from the pandemic.

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