In September 2017, Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development announced the development of a National Policy on Social Enterprise.

This online consultation now seeks views that will inform this, Ireland’s first major policy on social enterprise. The consultation is being undertaken by the Department of Rural and Community Development, in co-operation with the Social Finance Foundation.

Please take just 10 minutes to share your views and ideas by 15 December 2017. Your participation is, of course, voluntary and you may decline to answer, skip particular questions or exit the consultation at any time.

Your views and ideas will be treated in the strictest confidence and held securely in a password protected electronic format. Any information you share will be used only for the purposes of this consultation.

What is a Social Enterprise?
Please note that we use the term 'Social Enterprise' throughout to refer to any organisation with primarily social objectives, which generates some income from trading goods and services and whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community.