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Contact: John Manning

Email: jmanning@pobal.ie

Telephone: 01 511 7339

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The RAPID programme is no longer funded by government or managed by Pobal. This resource and information page might still be useful however, as the RAPID boundaries remain as a method of highlighting urban disadvantage.
RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development) was a focused Government initiative to target the 51 most disadvantaged urban areas and provincial towns in the country. Rapid aimed to bring about significant improvements in the lives of the residents of its communities, in three main was:
•   Improving the delivery of public services through integration and coordination;
•   Improving the opportunities for communities to participate in the strategic improvement of their areas.
•   Giving, where possible, priority access to available resources to RAPID communities;
RAPID was implemented locally by a cross-sectoral Area Implementation Team which included representatives of the community, relevant state agencies and other partners. It was supported by a RAPID Coordinator. Pobal managed the RAPID programme on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government.
The programme carried out actions locally, within a defined RAPID area boundary, under a number of themes:

•        Community Safety and Anti-social Behaviour
•        Health
•        Family Support
•        Education
•        Training and Employment
•        Physical Environment
•        Youth

Whilst the programme is no longer funded or managed by Pobal, the RAPID area boundaries are still in existence. There are 51 RAPID areas located in cities & towns around Ireland. Click on the local area maps listed below to view a map of that area in PDF format or click on the RAPID Ireland map to view a larger map showing all areas. RAPID Ireland map.
Strand 2 was launched in February 2002. A whole town approach has been adopted for each of the smaller towns in this strand, but with the greatest emphasis being given to areas of concentration of disadvantage within the town. In larger towns, the RAPID Programme will generally focus on specific areas within the towns.

Athlone, Athy, Ballinasloe, Carlow, Carrick on Suir, Cavan, Clonmel, Ennis, Galway, Kilkenny, Longford, Mallow, Navan, New Ross, Sligo, Tipperary, Tralee, Tuam, Wexford, Youghal

For more information about the RAPID programme, contact John Manning at jmanning@pobal.ie, or by phone on 01 5117 339
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