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History of Department

The Department is unique among Irish Departments of State in the way that its programmes and activities impinge on the lives of every citizen in the State.  Through our responsibility for the quality of the environment in which we live, for housing and other infrastructure, for physical and spatial planning, and for local government, we impact significantly on the daily lives of all people in this country.  Our mission is to promote sustainable development and improve the quality of life through protection of the environment, infrastructure provision, balanced regional development and good local government.  This mission embraces our responsibilities and summarises our intent.  In our Strategy Statement:, we have defined the objectives which flow from our mission and the key strategies that we will pursue over the next three years to support the achievement of these objectives.


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