EASTERN & MIDLAND REGIONAL ASSEMBLY - CORPORATE PLAN 2015-2020 - EUROPEAN COMMISSION

 
EASTERN & MIDLAND REGIONAL ASSEMBLY - CORPORATE PLAN 2015-2020 - EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Eastern
& Midland
Regional
Assembly
Corporate
Plan 2015-2020

                 Tionól Reigiúnach Oirthir agus Lár-Tíre
                 Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly
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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*
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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.
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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.
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                                                                                                                                              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.
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                                                                                                                                            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
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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
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                                                                                                                    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
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          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
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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.
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                                                            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
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           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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