EASTERN & MIDLAND REGIONAL ASSEMBLY - CORPORATE PLAN 2015-2020 - EUROPEAN COMMISSION
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Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly Corporate Plan 2015-2020 Tionól Reigiúnach Oirthir agus Lár-Tíre Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly
The first Corporate Plan of the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly outlines the strategic vision and responsibilities of the organisation over the next 5 years. It explains that we are part of local government The Local Government Reform Act 2014 and structures in Ireland and that elected Statutory Instrument (S.I.) 573 / 2014 provides for representatives sit on a regional assembly on behalf the establishment of Regional Assemblies. of the citizens of the region. It also outlines our They enact the proposals of the Action Programme responsibilities in terms of regional planning and for Effective Local Government (called Putting economic development. It shows that we have People First ) which was published by the responsibilities in terms of acquiring and managing Department of Environment, Community and European funding for various projects and initiatives Local Government in 2012. Putting People First across the region and that we provide a secretariat proposed the merger of the existing 8 Regional service to Irish members of the Committee Authorities and 2 Regional Assemblies into a more of the Regions (CoR). The CoR gives voice to rationalised structure of 3 Regional Assemblies. local interests in terms of current and emerging This rationalisation also saw a broadening of the European legislation. Finally, this plan also explains scope of strategic plans to include an economic as our role in providing a service in terms of the well as a planning remit. These new plans will be monitoring of the performance of local authorities called Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies. across the region. Foreword 4 Who we are - regional profile 6 Table of What we do 12 Our goals 18 Contents Our functions in more detail 20 How we will make this plan work 26 Appendices 28 *A Glossary of Terms are available in Appendix 1*
A message from the Cathaoirleach Director’s Note Combining the broad range of experience the elected As Director, it is a great privilege to introduce the first The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is an assembly of representatives bring from across 12 local authorities Corporate Plan for the Eastern and Midland Regional local and regional representatives coming from all 28 EU provides a solid base to promote our region and bring Assembly (EMRA). It heralds a new beginning in strategic Member States giving effective say to citizen’s voices in the together the different strengths to enhance the quality of regional planning, coordination and oversight in Ireland. European decision-making process. It is a conduit through life of those within the EMRA and beyond. The EMRA is responsible for the provision of strategies which the EMRA councillors elected locally, represent their and services that will improve the quality of life for our territorial areas with regards to existing and emerging EU It is my sincere belief that an opportunity now exists to citizens over the coming years. Among these are: regional policy and regulation. More and more, the regulation and deliver more efficient, evidenced- based economic and spatial and economic strategies; the management of directives agreed in Europe are effecting us as citizens, spatial planning. Within the scope of our role we will certain EU funding programmes; the co-ordination and communities or businesses. They cover all elements of extract maximum benefit from current local government monitoring of particular local authority functions; and our everyday lives, such as protection of the environment, structures in Ireland. We will also work collaboratively regional participation in the EU governance process. All of regulation governing the common market and consumer with regional partners from across the public and private these will impact upon a region which houses almost half rights issues. We support and manage the work of the sectors to maximise EU funding opportunities and of the nation’s 4.6 million inhabitants and produces well secretariat of the CoR and its elected representatives on programmes. over 50% of national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). European affairs of local and regional interest. At a time of renewed confidence in our social and Our new Assembly forms an integral part of local As a Regional Assembly our function can be summarised economic future, the EMRA will be ambitious in its plans government reform and rationalisation. While we will as one of coordination, planning, monitoring and oversight. and will lead in maximising opportunities for the future continue to maintain a sub-regional planning remit and Pivotal to how the EMRA carries out its role will be wellbeing of the citizens of this region. focus through Strategic Planning Area Committees, the working closely with the 12 local authorities within our area realignment and merger of the Greater Dublin Area, and with relevant government departments and agencies. Cllr Pat Vance Midlands and Louth provides opportunities to plan more We will discharge our duties not only to the best of our It gives me great pleasure to present this, the first strategically and cooperatively for the future. abilities but in a spirit of vigour and determination within Corporate Plan and roadmap, prepared by the Eastern local government in Ireland. and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA) for the The strengths of the Region will be realised in a number Eastern and Midland Region (EMR). This plan provides of ways, not least through the opportunity to provide The Assembly’s elected members come with a collective a framework and explanation for the responsibilities of regional governance and the role of the Assembly. “ Is ar scáth a chéile a assistance to, and realise mutual benefits from, other state and semi-state bodies. Where practicable, the delivery experience of public service and representation that will add greatly to the existing strengths of the region. This The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly comprises mhaireann daoine” – of their roles in line with the new regional assembly delineations means that we will be able to plan and work plan was developed and produced by the members and the executive team and it reflects an effective model of of 36 councillors who are elected by their peers in 12 councils to represent them regionally. The importance (Seanfhocal) people together across common boundaries and frameworks. collaboration and consultation that underpins the working ethos of the EMRA. of our role in terms of enhancing the effectiveness of local government, securing targeted, cost-efficient and need each other Planning for the region will need to take account of how best to maximise the region’s potential. The equitable An opportunity exists to promote and frame the entire balanced regional, spatial and economic development and proportional distribution of growth, recognising key region and its human, fiscal and social capital and to and our contribution to the promotion of the local and infrastructural assets and capacities and maximising align national and local economic contexts within this regional agenda in Europe cannot be underestimated. economic corridors, such as the M1 economic corridor framework. This Corporate Plan will shape and direct This plan highlights the potential of the region, our linking Dublin and Belfast on the trans-European transport the work of EMRA over the next 5 years and it will key goals and the ethos that will apply to inform the network as well as the many linkages North, West and incrementally improve opportunities for, and the future implementation of those goals for the next 5 years. We South within the region, will add to our overall success. wellbeing of, citizens of our Region. will monitor the delivery of this plan to ensure that the overall goals of the EMRA are achieved. To achieve all of this the EMRA will engage in a number of Jim Conway key initiatives, pursuing and evolving its strategic planning It is to the citizens advantage that the EMRA mobilises role and its role in assisting the management of the EU the opportunity provided by Dublin being the core city Operational Programmes 2014-2020. Our goals will region of international scale in Ireland. This will be done also be achieved by enhancing the role of the EMRA as a while also maximising the many assets of the broader coordination and oversight body, (working closely with the region with a focus on improving the well-being of all National Audit and Oversight Committee (NOAC), with our citizens. We will co-operate fully with the two other regards to oversight) and through targeted involvement regional assemblies to align future policy and planning in projects of regional relevance. In addition, the Regional to the best extent possible. We will put in place policies Assembly will support the secretariat representing Irish that will result in a better environment that is more regional interests in Europe. The Irish Regions Office (IRO) resilient to the impacts of changes to our climate and is our permanent presence in Brussels and enables us to future demographics across the region. disseminate key strategic information to local authorities and regional bodies in Ireland on policy, funding, partnership opportunities and important events of interest to Irish stakeholders in the local and regional context.
Who we are? - regional profile 7 Midland Region Eastern Region Dublin Region Louth Longford Fingal Meath Westmeath 282,400 654,000 1,273,100 Offally 43 persons 95 persons Dublin 1,378 persons Kildare 8 Elected 11 Elected City 17 Elected members members members South Dublin Who Laois Wicklow Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown we are - Population 2011 Population Density per km Regional Government regional Introduction profile The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA) is one of three Regional Assemblies in the Republic of Ireland. The smallest region in Selected Regional Attributes • On the trans-European transport network linked to Liverpool across the Irish Sea and to Belfast terms of land area, it accommodates a population of over 2.21 million along the M1 Corridor. persons. The main settlement centre is the Dublin metropolitan area • A major transport node and trading centre which is supported regionally by key strategic county towns. The region through Dublin Airport and Dublin Port. contains an extensive rural hinterland and incorporates 12 city and • Home to areas of immense natural beauty and county councils. interest: -- Wicklow and Slieve Bloom Mountains, the Our Region Statistics: The EMRA is part of the regional tier of governance in Ireland, primarily focused on strategic planning, EU funding and coordination of certain local Lakelands; the east coast; numerous rivers and lakes; fens and bogs, forests and diverse Population density: 154 persons government activities. It is comprised of 36 elected members (councillors) natural areas, per square kilometre, 2.3 times who are principally elected by their peers in the 12 councils to represent -- a soft and accessible coastline which includes the the national average (CSO, 2011). them regionally. Its main functions are to: UNESCO designated biosphere of Dublin Bay, Disposable income per capita of -- numerous tourist attractions including built 3 Strategic €20,540 (State average €19,468 • Prepare and adopt, as a statutory function, a Regional Spatial and and natural heritage: the National Gallery, Planning Areas per capita, Dublin €28,018 per Economic Strategy (RSES) for the region, Newbridge Silverware, Dublin Zoo, Book capita) (CSO, 2014) of Kells, Tayto Park, St. Patricks Cathedral 12 Local Contributes >50% of national • Make observations in relation to strategic planning issues and on Local and Kilmainham Gaol, Glendalough and Authorities Economic and Community Plans (LECPs), within the region, Clonmacnoise; Dublin Castle, Castletown GDP (CSO, 2014). House, the Farmleigh Estate and the Botanic 2.21 million 400 County Councillors in 12 • Contribute to the development of EU, national, regional and local Gardens, to name just a select few, persons* Local Authorities. policy, as appropriate and within the scope of regional governance, • World Heritage Site –Brú na Bóinne, Land Area 36 elected representatives on • Nearly 68,000 beds between hotels, self- the Regional Assembly • Prepare position papers to various government departments on catering, hostels, guesthouses and B&B’s, over 14,463km2 behalf of citizens, elected members, local groups and associated 56,000 beds in hotels and over 41,000 in Dublin *a population increase of 184,000 regional interests, as and when appropriate, and (Fáilte Ireland). persons over the period 2006-2011 (CSO, 2011) • Adopt annual budgets for the Regional Assembly.
8 Who we are? - Regional profile Who we are? - regional profile 9 Over 65 Years 0-14 Years Persons 45-64 Years living in theOver counties, 65 Years sub-regions and region by age group (CSO, 2011) 12-24 0-14 Years Years Over 65 45-64 % in age 0-14 15-24 25-44 45-64 Over Total A Young and Vibrant Region 25-44 Years Years Years 12-24 category years years years years 65 persons 0-14 Years Years years in area 45-64 Midland 23.5 12.2 30.6 22.5 11.2 282410 25-44 The region is home to nearly half the country’s population, and to Years Years 12-24 Laois 24.7 11.6 32.3 21.3 10.1 80559 a highly skilled, multi-cultural and multi-lingual workforce. The Over 65 Years population profile of the region is young, diverse and vibrant. The Years 0-14 Longford 23.2 11.6 29.2 23.5 12.5 39000 region contains some of the fastest growing communities in the 25-44 Years Offaly 23.4 12.3 29.6 23.1 11.6 76687 Years country. This increases demand for housing, infrastructure and local 45-64 Years Over 65 Westmeath 22.6 12.9 30.6 22.6 11.4 86164 services which makes the planning and management of the region 12-24 Years 0-14 Dublin 19.3 13.6 34.9 21.3 10.9 1273069 challenging and stimulating. Years Years Dublin City 15.2 14.5 37.2 20.5 12.6 527612 25-44 45-64 Over 65 Planning for better places and spaces, and sustainable economic Years Dún Laoghaire 18.2 14.0 29.5 23.8 14.5 206261 YearsYears 12-24 growth on a strategic level requires a better understanding of the 0-14 Years -Rathdown Years demographics of the region, the skills base and the needs of citizens 45-64 Fingal 24.2 11.9 36.6 20.0 7.2 273991 and communities1. From family friendly living in the city centre, to Years 25-44 12-24 Years South Dublin 23.1 13.1 33.0 22.1 8.7 265205 catering for relatively older populations with different challenges in Years Longford and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown we will use best available Over 65 Years Eastern 24.1 12.1 32.3 22.0 9.4 653984 data, information and knowledge to plan for future needs and services. 25-44 0-14 Kildare 24.5 12.5 33.5 21.6 7.9 210312 Years Years 45-64 Meath 25.2 11.4 33.1 21.4 8.9 184135 Over 65 Years Years Wicklow 22.8 12.1 30.5 23.7 11.0 136640 12-24 0-14 Years Years Louth 23.3 12.6 31.1 22.0 11.0 122897 45-64 Over25-44 65 Years Years EMR 21.2 13.0 33.6 21.6 10.5 2209463 Years 0-14 12-24 State 20.4 14.9 31.7 21.9 11.0 4239848 Years Years 45-64 Years 25-44 Age Profile of the Region (CSO, 2013) Years 12-24 Where are our Citizens Years from? Our people 25-44 Years are our greatest asset Dublin Kildare Laois Longford Louth Meath Offaly West- meath Wicklow EMR National% 80 84 86 82 82 85 87 84 85 82 Young Non-National% 20 16 14 18 18 15 13 16 14 18 The age profile of the Eastern and Midland Region (EMR) is (see breakdown below) younger than the State average. In 2011 counties like Kildare, Fingal and Laois had close to 25% of their total populations aged under 14 % make-up of non-nationals per county years of age (CSO, 2012). Dublin had a relatively higher proportion of Dublin Oceania persons in the 25-44 age cohort possibly as a result of demand for highly skilled and educated workers in the capital. Kildare America Laois Asia Multicultural Longford Over 18% of residents in the EMR were born outside of Ireland. Louth Africa Diversity is an asset attracting innovation and creativity. It has Meath Other Europe been shown in the US for example that city regions with (non EU) greater cultural diversity and richer linguistic diversity Offaly Other EU tend to have higher levels of labour productivity Westmeath and wages. Wicklow Poland EMR UK 1 Demographics refers to information and data on the age, 0% 4% 8% 12% 16% 20% education, income, etc., of a population.
10 Who we are? - Regional profile Who we are? - regional profile 11 Agriculture Construction Information Communication Technology An economic engine With Dublin at its economic heart, the region houses the only city of international scale on the island of Ireland. The region contains a strong mix of local enterprise and multinationals providing innovation and jobs. A cluster of universities, institutes and research centres, both public and private, help to support innovation across The hotspot maps (Figure 2) show the importance of the region. There is a robust enterprise base made up the Dublin sub-region in certain sectors such as ICT Figure 2: Left to Right Concentration of Agricultural, Construction and ICT Activity Nationally (Dublin Local Authorities, 2012) of traditional and emerging sectors. This extends from and Finance and equally the relatively important role the horticultural heartland of north Dublin, agri-business of the Eastern and Midland sub regions across other in the Midland and Eastern sub-regions, with special sectors such as agriculture and construction. Both the Dublin is the global gateway to the region taking in 21.7 southern coastline. From Dublin Castle to Brú na Bóinne, emphasis on the bloodstock industry in the Eastern sub- services and non-services sectors have experienced million passengers via Dublin Airport in 2014, making it Clonmacnoise to Glendalough, the history, natural and region, to ICT and financial services in Dublin. changes in terms of the numbers of persons employed one of the fastest growing airports in Europe with capacity cultural assets of the region are both numerous and and active enterprises (Figure 1), from the economic for further growth. The attractiveness of Dublin airport as diverse (Dublin Bay UNESCO biosphere and Brú na Bóinne Our multinational base is diverse and includes sectors downturn to the current recovery seen today. a global hub, due to its capacity and location, means it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). In respect of current and such as ICT, Entertainment, Financial and Business Employment and other data show that some sectors critical asset to the wider region and country. Elsewhere, future economic growth these precious assets and Services, Bio-pharma, Medical and Clean Technologies, suffered more than others. It is this type of information Dublin Port is a key facilitator of trade and sustainable amenities afford huge potential. Industrial Products and Chemicals. Some well-known which helps to profile the region and develop development and our harbours have potential to further global companies and brands such as Google, Facebook, progressive and informed policy and decisions. impact positively on local and regional economies. Percentage Persons Working in Services and IBM, Intel, Paypal, Siemens, Abbott Ireland, LM Ericsson, Non Services in the EMR to name just a few, have chosen over the years to locate The region has a varied tourism offering which Number of Active Enterprises in their operations in our region. These and the many brings positive economic benefits: the landscape Construction other multinationals located in the region are important employers and help to attract other emerging and and coastline; inland waterways; mountains; wildlife; Prehistoric, Celtic, Viking and Anglo Norman heritage; 18 non-services expanding businesses to Ireland and to grow indigenous 100000 sites of significance from recent Irish history, and; arts, 100000 State State enterprise. It is noteworthy that SME’s consisting of 80000 ERM culture and heritage attractions. 80000 ERM many home grown enterprises make up over 98% of total businesses and provide a lifeline to citizens living 60000 60000 The eastern seaboard supports an immense richness 82 across the countryside, towns and cities of the region. 40000 40000 of natural beauty, wildlife and built heritage. From services CSO Business Demography Data (2014) Carlingford Lough to Kilmichael Point the coastline 20000 20000 includes protected areas of natural beauty, the Dublin Overall, a host of positive factors contribute to our 0 0 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Bay biosphere, a necklace of coastal villages of ancient 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 economic potential. These include our competiveness, heritage and modern Irish history and is straddled by the Figure 3 Persons working in the services sectors (this figure rises to ease of doing business and favourable tax regime, an garden of Ireland and the Wicklow Mountains along the close to 90% for the Dublin region) (CSO, 2015) open and safe society, a supply of highly educated Number of Active Enterprises in ICT graduates, a benign physical environment and our many natural resources. It is essential therefore that State 20000 State the strategic polices and recommendations developed 20000 ERM ERM by the Assembly are designed to protect and enhance 15000 15000 these assets and resources. This will help ensure there is an adequate and secure supply of daily basics such as 10000 10000 energy, food, affordable housing and potable water and a better quality of life for all. 5000 5000 0 While the services sector (ICT, Retail, Finance and 0 2007 2007 2008 2008 2009 2009 2010 2010 2011 2011 2012 2012 Business, etc) (Figure 3) dominates the landscape of the “ Dublin is keeping Google up and running. If the national and regional economy, the region also has an Figure 1: Examples of numbers of active enterprises in the EMRA abundance of natural assets as well as renewable energy, by sector (CSO, Business Demography, 2014) lights were to go out in California, Dublin would tourism and maritime potential. maintain Google worldwide” Nelson Mattos, vice-president of engineering for Google
What we do? 13 What can the EMRA do to improve the region? Better planning for our future Joined up thinking: making the most of our region, its people, their ideas and skills What we do? Innovating for the region Improving quality Making the entire of environment region more attractive Our Ethos to future investment Using a regional governance approach we will: Making the region more competitive Improving Facilitating a strong home quality of life Be people Champion sustainable Use best available focussed development information and evidence grown enterprise to build resilience to future economic shocks Seek to improve quality Maximise economic Be transparent of life and well being potential
14 What we do? What we do? 15 Fooding Resource Climate change management Built & natural heritage Green infastructure Eco-systems approach Environment iving Polic Sectorial / Dr People needs y & skills Local regional Travel options ing national & cross border Where you live m Trade or Inf Economy Rural development Urban Better Region infastructure Study Public options Citizen Brighter Future Policy Places Community realm development People & s io n Communities Human capital Place r at of work Sh e Engagement Local api id ons services Recreation n g Fut ure C Connecting & Culture Water Achieving Infra- our Goals… structure Strategic Objectives ] Waste Actions ] Outputs (for more information Services see Appendix 6) Energy Transport ICT
16 What we do? What we do? 17 How the Regional Assembly will work for you European Affairs Making local government more effective Although the Regional Assembly is part of Strategic planning is a process to shape future local government structures, it operates development so that it: independently providing planning, monitoring and oversight functions. • maintains a regional perspective that considers each community, county and sub-region as parts of a The EMRA will work to ensure that organisations who larger functional area, are part of the region or with a regional interest will • is protected from and able to respond to adverse work closely for the benefit of their citizens. Citizens environmental impacts (such as climate change, elect members to their local city or county council who flooding, loss of biodiversity, coastal erosion, etc), in turn are elected by their peers to sit on the Regional • brings citizens closer to key services (such as Assembly. To see who our elected representatives are education, health and retail), please go to Appendix 3. • maximises sustainable economic development, and • is located close to transport connections and transport options (airport, port, rail, bus, bicycle, The Regional Assembly will assist in the review of local pedestrian and motor vehicle). government planning and effectiveness. The Local Strategic Planning and Like all good planning it is rooted in the concept of sustainable development which will ensure that within The Regional Assembly helps to manage a Regional Government Reform Act 2014 introduced new political and administrative structures. One such introduction Economic Strategy a healthy environment we can meet our current needs Operational Programme which distributes co-funding is to strengthen governance and accountability in local without compromising the ability of future generations from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) government. The Regional Assembly will work with Strategic plans are made at the regional level to ensure to meet their own needs. It requires participation by to various applicants from across the community, the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) that the places where people live and work, study all, good governance, ideas and creativity, and informed government, business and research sectors of our so that it can assist as required, and on your behalf, in and access services align with government policies. decision-making. This will deliver controlled economic economy. The current Operational Programme period promoting the effectiveness of local government and These plans must focus on the amount and location of activity which is focused on prosperity and well-being. lasts seven years from 2014. The Regional Assembly public service delivery. We will work with the Department future development while taking account of associated through its Irish Regions Office (IRO) and political of Environment, Community and Local Government, local economic considerations. Balancing regional development is challenging, especially representation on the European body called the authorities, NOAC and all other relevant partners (see when the region contains a metropolitan city and over Committee of the Regions (CoR) helps to represent Appendix 2) to draw out clear lines of responsibilities. The 2.21 million persons. It is essential that Dublin continues local and regional issues in EU institutions such as Regional Assembly will provide assistance with: to attract international investment and expand its home- the European Commission and European Parliament. grown enterprise to provide jobs and opportunities for The Regional Assembly is also involved in European • The collation, analysis and enhancement of key citizens. At the same time, we need to ensure that we networks and projects. It has the capacity to seek performance indicators. facilitate sustainable development throughout the entire funding for projects that may benefit different interest • The appraisal of Local Economic and Community region focussing on the individual needs and strengths of groups across the region. Plans from a Regional Assembly context. the sub-regions. • Input regarding Regional Action Plans for Jobs. Decisions about where infrastructure and services are located will be informed by: Innovation in Local Government • demographic evidence, • examining where people are likely to be living in the The Innovation Enterprise Network (IE Network) future, is an original initiative of the four Dublin local • analysis of the current and future skills base, Authorities. It facilitates professional and social • employment potential across the region, and the networking for unemployed professionals. It provides access • cost-benefit of various regional and other to supports on setting up your own business and brushing up developments. on job seeking skills. It also supplements public services with tailored professional training and events specific to the needs and demands of the Members themselves. A key distinguishing feature of this initiative is the networking aspect which is based on a platform of mutual support which allows Members to share skills, ideas and insight in person and online. The EMRA is proud to continue to facilitate support for this innovative initiative. More information visit www.ienetwork.ie
Our goals 19 Strategic Objectives Why do we have these? How do we do this? • Land-use planning frequently extends beyond local • Prepare and adopt Regional Spatial and Economic authority boundaries. For example, this is true of Strategies (RSES) nested between the national planning waste and water services, transport, aspects of framework (2016-2026) and local city and county enterprise, and the nature and the quality of rivers development plans. Our economic remit will see greater lakes, groundwater and seas linkages between spatial planning and the regional action plans for jobs and enterprise (DJEI, 2015). • There is need to have an independent coordinating body to make sure that State and semi-State bodies • Insure that Local Economic and are working more closely together to optimise Community Plans (LECP) are resource use. consistent with national and regional policy. • Achieving value for money is essential. Bringing together spatial planning and economic development • Ensure that all relevant spatial and means more efficient and cost effective services and economic plans are consistent with infrastructure. regional policy. • Maintaining the international competitiveness • Participate in the management of Our Goals and significance of Irish regions is important for enterprise and jobs creation. To achieve this we must plan, create and promote a region of international importance in partnership with our stakeholders - Regional Operational Programmes and other Progamme Monitoring Committees. communities, enterprise and public bodies. • Represent local and regional The region needs to be competitive on an interests in Europe through the international footing. Components of a competitive Committee of the Regions and the region include: a critical mass of population; talent Irish Regions Office. supply; high level educational services and facilities; services and infrastructure such as office space; a • Assist the National Oversight and Audit Committee reliable mix of transport options; security of energy (NOAC) in the delivery of more effective local and water supply; ease of doing business; quality government. housing availability and affordability; etc……. • Carry out monitoring and implementation and assist • Aligning the Regional Operational Programmes the National Oversight and Audit Committee. Engage and the objectives and policies of Regional with citizens, across sectors, and at all levels of Statement of Strategy Spatial and Economic Strategies is necessary to ensure that investment is targeted towards policy recommendations and goals. government and seek out areas of cooperation. • Identify opportunities to: • enhance social inclusion and well-being. On behalf of the citizens of the • It is important to provide information on emerging EU policy and to have a local and regional voice in Europe. • enable growth in employment and enterprise. region our mission is to plan and “Our priorities are to make sure coordinate activities and bodies at that the decisions we make take full account of public consultation a regional level to achieve a better and feedback, are rooted in sound evidence and best practice and future for all. enhance the environment and well- being of our citizens” Joan Martin, Designated Regional Chief Executive
Our functions in more detail 21 What is a Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy? The RSES’ will be the follow-on strategies to the current Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs). These provide strategic policy and recommendations at a regional level which both county and city development plans (CDPs) have to be consistent with. There are three RPGs currently operational in the EMR – the Border, Midland and Greater Dublin Area (GDA) RPGs, 2010-2022 Our Functions in More A Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) is a strategic plan which identifies regional assets, Detail How opportunities and pressures and provides appropriate The Regional Midland Regional Border Regional Planning Guidelines Planning Guidelines Planning Guidelines policy responses. At this strategic level it puts in place for the Greater 2010-2022 (Midland 2010-2022. (Border we plan policy and recommendations which help better manage Dublin Area (Dublin Regional Authority) Regional Authority) and Mid-East regional planning and economic development. Regional Authority) This strategic planning process represents a core function of the regional assemblies in Ireland. The RSES should The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies will seek to ensure that the needs of the regions’ citizens such distribute future population growth and development as access to employment opportunities and services, ease across the EMR in a balanced and equitable manner and of travel and overall well-being are met. with a much greater focus on economic development and potential. Our priorities, within the hierarchical planning Strategic Planning Areas (SPAs) This will minimise negative impact system, are to make sure that... on the environment; grow healthy The Dublin SPA The Eastern SPA The Midland SPA the decisions we make take full and connected communities; and account of: public consultation This sub-region currently contains This sub-region experienced growth This sub-region has: maximise economic impact. about 28% of the national population of 237,000 persons between 1991 and and feedback; are rooted in sound and generates about 40% of GDP, 2011, almost equivalent to the 245,000 • a young age dependency above Issues like climate change, flooding, water services, evidence and best practice; and persons growth in Dublin. the national average at 36% and waste management and regional biodiversity are all Like its sister sub-regions it is significant human capital potential, high on our policy agenda. Regional planning now enhance the environment and well- experiencing a strong natural increase Selected attributes include: incorporates: being of our citizens. in population and in-migration. This • connectivity to major towns and will drive demand for housing and • strong natural increase in cities nationally with key arterial • A more prominent regional role in economic services such as education, community population and in-migration, routes such as the M7/M8 and the development. services and health, M6 transecting its area, • A role in linking local economic development • key strategic growth towns and from the bottom-up through Local Economic Diversity is a strong asset for the region higher order service centres such • areas of unspoilt natural beauty, and Community Plans (LECPs) with regional and -18% of the total population are born as Dundalk and Drogheda on the of renewable energy potential and national planning. outside of Ireland, 20% in the Dublin M1; and Navan Naas and Wicklow, tourism value. • A role in coordination of local authorities at SPA. regional scale. • a rich agricultural hinterland, • important arterial routes in the rail lines and SPA include the M2, M3, M4, M7/M8, M9 and M11.
22 Our functions in more detail Our functions in more detail 23 Dublin The RSES will: Local Economic and Midland Eastern Region Region Region • take account of national policy - the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) and Community Plans future national planning frameworks, • support and reflect the economic poli- It is important that the Corporate Plan is aligned with cies and objectives of Government and relevant plans and strategies that will influence the work link with spatial planning objectives, and of the Assembly over the next 5 years. In this context, • consider the qualities, population size, the EMRA is fully aware of the significance of the Louth service offering and location of our introduction of Local Economic and Community Plans Fingal towns and cities. (LECP’s) and associated new structures such as Local • support balanced economic Community Development Committees (LCDCs) and Longford Meath development, building on the individual Public Participation Networks (PPNs)1. Representation strengths of the 3 Irish regions and our from PPNs provide the community arm of the LCDCs. Dublin shared interests (including our links with City Northern Ireland). LECP’s represent a bottom up approach by the Local Westmeath South Authorities to implementing national policy, by setting Dublin Dún Laoghaire -Rathdown This greater economic focus will: out objectives and actions needed to promote and support the economic development and the local and Offally Kildare • strengthen links between planning policy community development in an area. and economic trends and realities on the ground, and The LECP Actions will bring forward measures from Wicklow • identify regional attributes that are the Action Plan for Jobs and the Commission for the Laois important to improved economic per- Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) report. formance such as physical infrastructure There will be 12 LECPs within the region, one for each and services, community development constituent local authority, and the Assembly plays a key facilities, the general quality of the envi- role in the formulation of these plans. ronment and other assets and amenities. Two Elements • Actions will reflect local situations and will be based (i) a local economic element on extensive stakeholder consultation. prepared and adopted by local authorities (ii) a community development • Actions will be innovative, shared where appropriate, side prepared by Local clear, realistic and measurable. Community Development Committee’s (LCDC’s) Local Regional Government • Actions for community growth proposed in LECPs Government Assembly Department will be realised through various funding mechanisms and programmes. • Actions will reflect the key target areas of Regional City & County Regional Spatial & National Planning Operational Programmes and national and regional A regional context Local Area Plan or SDZ Development Plans Economic Strategy Framework policies. framed by Regional Spatial & Economic Strategies (RSES) and partly funded • LECP’s and their actions will be consistent with by Regional Operational Regional Economic and Spatial Strategies policies. Programmes • LECP’s and their actions will be consistent with the relevant City and County Development Plans. 1 LCDC’s will develop, coordinate and implement a joined up approach to local community development. Within the LCDC structure, Public Participation Networks will allow groups and citizens alike, from community, An overarching voluntary and environmental sectors, to connect with local authorities. national context with policies coming from the Action Plan for Jobs (DJEI) and key bodies such as IDA, Local Economic and Other regional plans and Enterprise Ireland, Community Plans programmes i.e. Action Plan for jobs etc regional enterprise strategies
24 Our functions in more detail Our functions in more detail 25 European Affairs The EMRA has a series of important functions to The EMRA currently sits on Regional Operational Committee of the Regions This treaty explicitly acknowledged the principle of perform in relation to European affairs. Our status gives Programme Monitoring Committees. The region regional and local self-government attributing further us an opportunity to influence EU policy, to access has the potential to avail of substantial funding Our everyday lives are now shaped by EU directives, importance to local and regional levels through the sub- EU funding, and to engage in beneficial EU projects from the €820m in the current programme period regulation policies and programmes. It is essential sidiarity principle of decisions being made at the closest and EU networks. The EMRA also represents Ireland (2014-2020). In previous programmes (2007-2013) that local and regional issues, as well as the interests level of governance to the citizen as possible. in the management of a number of EU Programmes, the region spent approximately €70.9 million out of and concerns of Irish citizens are taken into account. sitting on Monitoring Committees such as the European €197.8 million funding from the Border Midland West Certain EU Directives are better known than others, Policy areas: Social Fund (ESF), Programme for Employability, operational programme. The region also spent funding of such as the Habitats Directive and Water Framework • Civil Protection Inclusion & Learning, Regional Operational Programmes, approximately €83.5 million out of €198.5 million from Directive. However, there are other legislative proposals • Climate Change Interreg North West Europe (NWE), the Ireland-Wales the Southern and Eastern operational programme area and outcomes which arise on a daily basis. These • Economic and Social Cohesion programme, PEACE IV and URBACT III. between 2007 and May 2014. It is important that future affect the quality of our local communities, how we • Education, Culture and Youth governance, planning and operational programmes are do business, the goods and services that we are able to • Energy In addition, through the carefully aligned. We intend to seek future management purchase and so on. In this context the EMRA and IRO • Employment Committee of the Regions (CoR) of our own regional programme to give effect to this. provides secretariat assistance and expert opinion to our • Environment our CoR delegates (see Appendix Committee of the Regions (CoR) delegates. • Public Health 4) give voice to local opinions • Social Policy on emerging legislation and The CoR feeds local and regional perspectives and • Trans-European Networks prospective European policies The Irish Regions (Brussels) Office experiences into EU policy formation and decision- • Transport as well as resolutions on topical making. It has 350 members who are directly elected • Vocational Training political issues. The Irish Regions Office (IRO) was established in 2000, politicians from across the regions and cities of Europe. with the support of the Department of the Environment, Their role is to inform the development of EU legislation In addition the CoR, on its own initiative, can make obser- Community and Local Government. It is a specialised and future European policies through the input of those vations and recommendations on other areas of relevance EU support facility jointly provided by the three most closely representing communities on the ground. to local and regional governance such as Agriculture and EU Regional Operational Regional Assemblies for the Irish Delegation to the Ireland has 9 full members and 9 alternate members. Spatial Planning. (see link http://www.cor.eu) Programmes Committee of the Regions (CoR). It is an Irish presence in Brussels amongst almost 300 representative offices The CoR normally makes its views known through Other EU Funding & Projects The Regional Assembly assists in the implementation of regions, cities and local government associations written opinions or resolutions in one of six thematic of EU Operational Programmes. These programmes from across Europe. The functions of the IRO were Commissions (each of which has three permanent The Assembly will also target involvement and support involve significant investment in areas that help broadened in recent years to enable better engagement Irish members). The policy areas include: of projects which have potential to improve the region create jobs, increase competitiveness and innovation, with the Irish local government sector. This has seen and contribute to the economic, social or environmental promote indigenous enterprise and improve the critical the IRO provide information on EU initiatives and • Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and well-being of its citizens. This will be achieved through infrastructure which facilitates our daily lives. Current opportunities. The IRO has also carried out monitoring External Affairs (CIVEX) cross border initiatives and collaborations with Operational Programmes (2014-2020) target: and reporting on the latest developments in relevant • Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget organisations in other EU member states. The Horizon policy fields (including a regular and widely-circulated (COTER). 2020 programme for research and innovation; the LIFE • Strengthening research, technology development EU News Bulletin). It has provided analysis and advice • Economic a Policy (ECON) programme for the environment and climate action; and and innovation in response to enquiries – particularly to facilitate the • Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) the various Interregional programmes across Europe are • Information and communications technology pursuit of funding from the programmes managed by the • Natural Resources (NAT) all examples of opportunities to achieve this goal. • The creation of new enterprises and support for SMEs European Commission. • Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) • Low carbon economy Ongoing EMRA EU Projects • Sustainable urban development With almost three quarters of EU legislation implemented at local or regional level, a priority of When the CoR issues an opinion, a rapporteur (a person Celtic Seas Partnership: This Life+ project is It is essential that investment in these areas add value the IRO is to assist Irish sub-national authorities in appointed to report on proceedings) is appointed on examining how the Marine Strategy Framework to our local and regional economies, producing jobs influencing the development of this legislation before behalf of the Committee. A draft opinion is discussed Directive in Europe can be practically applied and increased social cohesion. A better physical having to implement it. To achieve this and other and amended and sent to a plenary session involving all to make the Celtic Seas of our eastern shoreline environment is also of benefit to the region making it a networking functions, it maintains both formal and 350 members. Further amendments normally occur, healthier and more sustainable with more attractive place to invest. informal relationships with decision and policy makers followed by an adopted opinion. The adopted opinions a special focus on Dublin Bay. in the main EU institutions, with Ireland’s Permanent are sent to EU institutions - the European Council, the RESILENS: A Horizon 2020 project in which we Representation to the EU, with MEPs and with Parliament and then the Commission - where the views will consult and coordinate efforts across critical counterparts elsewhere in Europe and the sub-regional and opinions of local representation are aired. The infrastructure providers to improve bodies in Ireland. effect of this process is that final legislation can take the resilience of infrastructure such as account of sub-national viewpoints. electricity, gas and water with regards to For more information on the important role of the Irish threats such as climate change. Regions Office and the CoR please visit www.iro.ie Since the Lisbon Treaty, mandatory consultation of the CoR at all stages of the legislative process by the Europe- Information on existing and emerging projects is an commission, the Council of Ministers or the European provided on our website www.emra.ie parliament is required in the policy areas outlined below.
How we will make this plan work 27 Monitoring and Implementation Monitoring and implementation are required at a number of levels. 1. In-house, the EMRA will work efficiently as an organisation through an annual work programme with quarterly updates. Within this structure: • We will meet personal and organisational goals. Personal development and individual work programmes and targets for staff will be managed through a Performance Management Development System (PMDS). How we know we are • The provision of staff training and upskilling will ensure that the achieving our goals? Assembly has the necessary mix of skills and ideas to deliver on its strategic objectives and deliverables. Through monitoring and evaluation we will be able to measure the impact of the policies and • Work programmes will prioritise tasks and responsibilities with recommendations, programmes and projects regard to team plans, targets and deliverables, as required. Updates that the Regional Assembly puts in place. This will be provided on a quarterly basis to elected members. An first Corporate Plan covers a period of 5 years annualised report will be provided for RPGs implementation. and puts the initial building blocks in place. How we 2. Monitoring plans and strategies is required to ensure consistency with strategic policy. Monitoring will be carried out across various spatial and Incrementally, we expect that these will result in: • Balanced and sustainable regional will make economic plans and strategies. They include but are not excluded to: • The elected members provide a reserve function on important development which is supported by people, their skills, services and infrastructure. • A region which is a better place in which to this plan matters of policy and finance. In this respect they will have the power to amend and adopt annual budgets, annual progress reports and Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies. They will adopt formal live with improving life quality. • Improved services, delivered more efficiently. • More accessible services with better work statements on individual Local Economic and Community Plans. • Monitoring of city and county development plans, Strategic Development Zone (SDZ’s) and other regionally relevant plans, connectivity between the countryside and the city. • More joined up communication and operations between our local authorities. programmes and relevant strategic applications. • Joined up thinking and communication between state bodies and local government. • Monitoring of the Local Economic and Community Plans as they • Improved interregional relations including come on stream and their components are actioned. cross border cooperation with key bodies (see Appendix 2). 3. Recent changes to the way local government operates has resulted • Increased resourcing of local actions for Monitoring & Organisational Goals in increased accountability in how public funds are spent, with the identified local needs through more targetted Implementation establishment of a new agency to oversee how our councils perform. investment programmes. The National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) is this new • The EMRA being the first port of call for local overseer for Local Authorities established under the Local Government authorities seeking regional and European Reform Act 2014. connections. • Attraction and retention of talent and high • The Regional Assembly will provide assistance to NOAC as requested skilled workers. through its ongoing and emerging monitoring programmes. • Provision of jobs for all, across multiple sectors of our economy and across our • This assistance may take the form of development of Key region. Performance Indicators and/or management models. There will be a dedicated Corporate Plan page on 4. The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly executive will represent the Regional Assembly website making it available regional interests with regards to the EU Operational Programme to all. This will be updated regularly. Internal PMDS and 2014-2020. Through our coordinating and monitoring role we will Team Targets disseminate information on the regional operational programmes and Further details will also be available on the funding opportunities, for the betterment of our region. website www.emra.ie/corporateplan
Appendices 29 Appendix 1. Glossary of Terms EMRA Eastern Midland Regional Assembly or SDZ Strategic Development Zone Assembly CoCo County Council RSES Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies Cllr. Councillor LECP Local Economic and Community Plans EU European Union LCDC Local Community Development IRO Irish Regions Office Committees CoR Committee of the Regions LA Local Authority ROP Regional Operating Programme SPAC Strategic Planning Area Committee QNHS Quarterly National Household Survey Eastern SPA The planning sub-region consisting of GDP Gross Domestic Product counties Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and Louth ICT Information Communication Technology Dublin SPA The planning sub-region consisting of IDA Ireland Industrial Development Agency counties Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, South EI Enterprise Ireland Dublin, Dublin City and Fingal S&E Southern and Eastern NUTS II Region Midland The planning sub-region consisting of BMW Border, Midlands, and Western NUTS II SPA counties Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and Region Longford CSO Central Statistics Office RPGs Regional Planning Guidelines NOAC National Oversight and Audit Committee NSS National Spatial Strategy SME’s Small and Medium Size Enterprises GDA Greater Dublin Area NWRA Northern and Western Regional Assembly CDP City or County Development Plan SRA Southern Regional Assembly LAP Local Area Plan NWE North West Europe Appendix 2. Who we work with The EMRA is a link between local and national government. It also makes connections between state and semi-state bodies. The Assembly also works alongside a range of European Institutions and Networks Key Organisations • Local Authorities – City and • Transport Infrastructure • Other government County Councillors Ireland (formerly National departments. • Regional Assemblies Roads Authority and Railway • Department for Regional • An Bord Pleanála Procurement Agency). Development Northern Ireland • Local Community Development • Central Statistics Office. • International centre for Local Appendices Committees • Economic Social Research and Regional Development • Department of Environment, Institute. • InterTradeIreland Community and Local • Office of Public Works. • All-Ireland Research Government • Environmental Protection Observatory • Department of Jobs, Enterprise Agency. • Other groups, Councils and Innovation • National Parks and Wildlife (Including local government in • National Transport Authority Service Northern Ireland) etc., as may • Enterprise Ireland • Heritage Council arise on a case-by-case basis • IDA Ireland • Arts Council • Fáilte Ireland • National Oversight and Audit • Tourism Ireland Commission. • Other critical Infrastructure • 3rd Level and other research providers such as Eirgrid, Gas institutions. Networks Ireland and Irish • Existing and emerging Water collaborators on EU and nationally funded projects of regional relevance.
30 Appendices Appendices 31 Appendix 3 – Elected Members Eastern Region Ivan Keatley Padraig McEvoy Fiona O’Loughlin Kildare County Council Kildare County Council Kildare County Council FG Ind FF ivankeatley@ padraigmcevoy@ fionaolough@ gmail.com gmail.com eircom.net 087 2731335 086-8658262 087-2345160 Old Kilcullen, Coiseanna Hill, Cappanargid 63, Kilcullen, College Road, The Great Southern, Co. Kildare Clane, Newbridge, Co. Kildare Co. Kildare Dublin Region Paddy Bourke Christy Burke Gaye Fagan Dublin City Council Dublin City Council Dublin City Council Brian Fitzgerald Maria Murphy Tommy Reilly Meath County Council Meath County Council Meath County Council Ind Ind SF pbourkecllr@ christy.burke@ gaye.fagan@ Ind FG FF eircom.net dublincity.ie dublincity.ie briannfitzgerald@ mariacmurphy@ tommy.reilly@ 087-2862558 087-2626507 089-2086125 yahoo.com eircom.net members. 13 Montrose Members Room, 50 St. Mary’s 087-2508247 087-6579895 meathcoco.ie Grove, City Hall, Road, Warrenstown, 3 The Close, 046-28875 / Artane, Cork Hill, East Wall, Kilcock, Lutterell Hall, +353 877450149 Dublin Dublin 2 Dublin 3 Co.Meath Dunboyne, Ardsallagh, Navan, Co. Meath Co. Meath Mary Freehill Tom Brabazon Dermot Lacey Dublin City Council Dublin City Council Dublin City Council Sylvester Bourke Thomas Cullen Pat Vance Wicklow County Council Wicklow County Council Wicklow County Council Lab FF Lab 77 Grove Road, tom.brabazon@ Dermot.lacey@ FG Ind FF Rathmines, dublincity.ie labour.ie sbourke@ tommy@ pvance@ Dublin 6 (01) 853 2434 087-2646960 wicklowcoco.ie tommycullen.ie wicklowcoco.ie Tel: 01-496 4777 086 8092944 66 Beech 087-2501734 087-1964300 01-2868169 086-812 6378 75 Grattan Hill Drive, Three Oaks House, Deerpark, /086-8391871 marycfreehill@ Lodge, Donnybrook, Killinskyduff, Baltinglass, Beachmount, gmail.com Dublin 13 Dublin 4 Arklow, Co. Wicklow Putland Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow Co. Wicklow Seamus Gerry Lettie McCarthy Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown Co Council Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown Co Council Dublin City Council Tommy Byrne Colm Markey Louth County Council Louth County Council McGrattan Horkan Lab SF FF lmccarthy@cllr. FF FG seamas.mcgrattan ghorkan@cllr. dlrcoco.ie tommy.byrne@ colmmarkey1@ @dublincity.ie dlrcoco.ie 086-8186718 louthcoco.ie gmail.com 087-7848153 086 3881531 23 Kilgobbin 086 8201439 087 - 8317500 7 Kinvara Park, 7 Hollywood Heights, Harvest Way, Duddestown, Navan Road, Park, Goatstown, Stepaside, Wheaton Hall, Togher, Dublin 7 Dublin 14 Dublin 18 Drogheda, Drogheda, Co. Louth Co. Louth Neale Richmond Kate Feeney Kieran Dennison Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown Co Council Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown Co Council Fingal County Council FG FF FG nrichmond@cllr. kate@ kierandennison@ Midland Region dlrcoco.ie katefeeney.ie gmail.com Paddy Bracken Catherine Andrew Duncan Laois County Council Laois County Council Westmeath Co Council 086-7814514 086-4611627 087-2595949 FF Fitzgerald FG 23 Kingston Wynberg Park, 1 Fernleigh pbracken@ FF andrew.duncan@ Heights, Blackrock, Co. Grange, laoiscouncillors.ie cfcathfitz5@ westmeathcoco.ie Ballinteer, Dublin Castleknock, 0502-24813 gmail.com 087-9068186 Dublin 16 Dublin 15 Garoon, 087-6814018 Balrath, Ballinea, Mountmellick, Cherrygarth, Mullingar, Co. Laois Portlaoise, Co. Westmeath David Healy Brian McDonagh Francis Duffy Fingal County Council Fingal County Council South Dublin Co Council Co. Laoise Green Lab Green david.healy@ brianmcdonaghlabour fnduffy@cllrs. cllrs.fingal.ie @gmail.com sdublincoco.ie Mick Cahill PJ Reilly Paddy Hill Longford County Council Longford County Council Westmeath Co Council 087-6178852 086-3858979 086-0664762 FF FF FF 54, Páirc 4 St. Samsons 39 Stocking mcahill@ pjreilly@ phill@ Éabhóra, Court, Balgriffin, wood copse, longfordcoco.ie longfordcoco.ie westmeathcoco.ie Beann Éadair, Dublin 13 Rathfarnham 086 2397818 043-6687069 / 087-6806572 Co. Bh.Á.C. Killenbore, 086 2464576 Clonsura, Colehill, Ballinacross, Casltetown, Co. Longford Granard, Finea, Mullingar, Pamela Kearns Cathal King South Dublin Co Council South Dublin Co Council Co. Longford Co. Westmeath Lab SF pkearns@cllrs. cathalking@cllrs. sdublincoco.ie sdublincoco.ie Eamon Dooley Eddie Fitzpatrick Offaly County Council Offaly County Council 087-7756718 086-3186098 FF FF 203 Orwell SDCC, eamondooley@ eddiefitzp@ Park Heights, County Hall, hotmail.com eircom.net Templeogue Tallaght, 086-2237058 087-2580428 Dublin 24 Aughaboy, Benfield, Ferbane, Cloneyhurke, Co. Offaly Portalington, Co. Offaly
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