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Local projects in the Midlands to receive grants amounting to €18 million under EU Just Transition Fund programme

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, today announced the 15 projects in the Midlands that will receive grant awards amounting to €18 million from the EU Just Transition Fund (JTF) programme. All of the awarded projects will invest in local...
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Councillors discuss options for enhanced Regional Government in Ireland at “Regions in Focus” event in Limerick

Over 130 councillors from across the country assembled in Adare in February 2024 at the Association of Irish Regions annual gathering, “Regions in Focus,” to discuss and debate sub-national and regional government in Ireland. The event brought together Elected Members...
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Southern Regional Assembly and the Northern and Western Regional Assembly at the launching of the THRIVE scheme, on 8 February 2024

Minister O’Donnell launches new €120m fund to renovate heritage buildings in town centres

THRIVE scheme offers local authorities up to €7m to renovate disused heritage buildings in cities, regional growth centres and key towns Initiative has potential to transform town centres across the regions supporting delivery of the Government’s Town Centre First Policy   A...
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Last Chance to Join Regions in Focus 2024 – Register Now!

Adare, Limerick – The countdown is on! With only a week left until the Regions in Focus 2024 seminar and training event, the Association of Irish Regions urges you not to miss this crucial gathering for regional development. Set for February 7th-8th at Fitzgerald’s Woodlands...
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Expert panel featuring Naïma Jomni, URBACT, Lorraine O'Connor, Longford, Aoife Sheridan, Fingal, Pauline Riordan, DHLGH moderated by Karl Murphy, EMRA

Understanding URBACT’s Impact at the Custom House

The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA) held its URBACT Info Day at the Custom House last Thursday, the 25th of January. The event was well attended with local authority staff from throughout Ireland joining us on the day. The day begun with some networking over tea and...
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EMRA in The Public Sector Magazine

Did you spot EMRA’s article ‘EMRA: Driving A Regional Agenda’ published in the Autumn 2023 edition of the Public Sector Magazine? Last year was one of high impact for the region and beyond. For the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA), 2023 marked a...
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EU JTF Local and Regional Economic Strategies Support Scheme

  This scheme has now closed for applications.  A scheme to support locally-led initiatives in the EU Just Transition territory. The Local and Regional Economic Strategies Support Scheme provides targeted support to projects that will boost communities and the economic...
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Regional Assemblies winners of IPI Planning Awards 2023

The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly were joint winners of the IPI Planning Awards 2023 under the Research and Innovation category for the Regional Development Monitor.  The Irish Planning Institute (IPI) 2023 Planning Awards took place in Clontarf Castle on 28th September....
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Smart and Sustainable Mobility Accelerator workshop held in Dublin

The Smart and Sustainable Mobility Accelerator (SSMA) commenced its Local Authority staff training track this week, and the workshop for the Eastern and Midland Region was held in Dublin on September 27th, 2023. The SSMA programme and the Sustainable Mobility Academy (online...
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EMRA appointed as Contact Point for the European Urban Initiative (EUI)

The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly is delighted to announce it has been appointed as the Irish Urban Contact Point (UCP) for the European Urban Initiative (EUI), having been nominated by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The EMRA was only last year...
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Invitation to Sustainable Mobility Academy

The Sustainable Mobility Academy (SMA) programme has been developed by the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly, Southern Regional Assembly and Northern and Western Regional Assembly. Its purpose is to accelerate the implementation of the National Sustainable Mobilit...
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EU JTF INVESTMENT GRANT-AID SCHEME FOR PRIVATE & COMMUNITY SMES

Fáilte Ireland has today launched an open call for Expressions of Interest for the Investment Grant-Aid Scheme for Private & Community SMEs as part of the EU Just Transition Fund Regenerative Tourism & Placemaking Scheme for Ireland’s Midlands 2023-2026. This scheme will...
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EU JTF Bioeconomy Demonstration Initiative Scheme

  This call has now closed for applications.  A funding call for proposals was launched on 16 August 2023 to advance a competitive bioeconomy for a sustainable future in the EU Just Transition territory in Ireland. The Bioeconomy Demonstration Initiative scheme, part of the...
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EU JTF Community Facilities EV Charging Scheme

The first of the funding schemes under the EU Just Transition Fund has been launched! A new scheme through Zero Emission Vehicle Ireland (ZEVI) is available in Ireland’s EU JTF territory to install Electric Vehicle chargers in community facilities. The scheme provides grants,...
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EU Just Transition opportunities shared at information events in The CUBE Portlaoise

The Midlands region and beyond was well represented at two EU Just Transition Fund and Bioeconomy Demonstration Initiative information events which took place in The CUBE Low Carbon Centre of Excellence in Portlaoise, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and...
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Info Session 4 July on EU JTF Bioeconomy Demonstration Initiative

There will be an information session on the #Bioeconomy Demonstration Initiative Scheme. The scheme is administered by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as part of the new EU Just Transition Fund. See details about the content of the event below! DATE: Tuesday,...
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Three Regional Assemblies holds Regions in Focus 2023 event

The Association of Irish Regions (AIR), the representative body for the three Regional Assemblies, held its first seminar and training event on 7-9 February 2023. Hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan, the event explored the role of regions in navigating present and future...
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Apply for Just Transition Platform GROUNDWORK

On 6 February 2023 the Just Transition Platform (JTP) launched a call for applications for a new and targeted technical assistance called JTP GROUNDWORK. It will support eligible Just Transition Fund (JTF) regions in implementing their Territorial Just Transition Plans (TJTP). As...
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Minister Heather Humphreys to address Regions in Focus 2023 event

Industry and academic experts to meet with regional assembly, government bodies and county council representatives to discuss challenges facing Ireland’s regions Critical importance of regional development in spotlight at seminar and training event Regional cooperation and the...
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European Commission adopts the EU Just Transition Fund for Ireland

€169 million under the EU Just Transition Fund (JTF) will be invested in Ireland to support a fair transition to a climate neutral economy. 15th December 2022 – The European Commission has adopted Ireland’s Territorial Just Transition Plan and the associated Programme for the...
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Register now for Regions in Focus 2023, Regional Seminar and Training Event

Registration is now open for Regions in Focus 2023, which is being held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan between 7-9th February 2023. Moderated by Newstalk host, Mr. Jonathan Healy, this event will bring leaders from across the regional development space together, with the...
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Minister announces €663 million investment for two Irish regions

€663 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund and the Irish Government for regional investments for research, enterprises, households and regional communities. The Minister for Public Expenditure, Michael McGrath TD announced, today Tuesday 29/11/2022, the...
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Minister Peter Burke launches Ireland’s first interactive Regional Development Monitor

Publicly accessible dashboards to monitor key societal trends and inform future policy and development Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, has today launched Ireland’s first Regional Development Monitor (RDM) at the National...
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Public Consultation on the Natura Impact Statement and Strategic Environmental Assessment for Draft EU Just Transition Fund Programme 2021-2027

In accordance with Article 13(1)(b) of the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2004 (as amended) and Regulation 42 (13)(a) of the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (as amended), notice is...
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Signing of Partnership Agreement for Cohesion Policy Funds for 2021-2027

Dublin, 20 September 2022 – Commissioner Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, and Minister Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, launched the Partnership Agreement for Cohesion Policy Funds 2021-2027 in a signing ceremony on Tuesday...
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Next2Met visits to Austria for exchanges and partner meeting

Krems an der Donau, Austria – On 17th to 19th May 2022, partners and stakeholders of the Next2Met project met in Krems an der Donau, Austria for a productive study visit and exchange of good practices on digitalisation in the region. The occasion also marked the last partner...
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Next2Met Study Visit in Midlands – Ireland’s gateway to digital innovation and regional attraction

Midlands, Ireland – On 5-6 April 2022, the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA) hosted Next2Met project partners for a study visit in Ireland to showcase and learn about how digitalisation measures are increasing the attractiveness of the Midland Region as a place to...
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ENCORE Conference 2021

Regional Collaboration for a Green and Sustainable Transition Hosted by the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly, the 14th Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe, ENCORE 2021 took place online today, September 24th. The bi-annual conference of the ENCORE Network,...
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Taking the local view [The Irish Times article]

We invite you to read today’s edition of The Irish Times supplement “Future of our Cities” created with input from the EMRA. Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly: Taking the local view Future of our Cities supplement
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New All-Ireland Pollinator Plan published – with PROGRESS input!

Today, EMRA is delighted to participate in the launch of a new All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) for 2021-2025. This new five-year roadmap aims to help pollinating insects (bees and hoverflies) and protect and enhance our wider biodiversity. In particular, EMRA welcomes Action...
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Next 2 Met – A Year in Review

This time last year my colleague and I flew to Lahti, Finland to participate in the first of many (or so we thought) Next2Met partner meetings. Although China had already reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, we never imagined it would reach Europe or that we would be...
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Quantitative Greenhouse Gas Impact Assessment for Spatial Planning Policy

QGasSP (Quantitative Greenhouse Gas Impact Assessment for Spatial Planning Policy) This is an ESPON Targeted Analysis Project and EMRA are lead stakeholder.  The aim of this research project is the development and delivery of a robust, simple and proportionate method for...
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PROGRESS Workshop: Integrating ‘Ecosystem Services’ into Policy & Decision-Making

The EMRA partnered InterregEurope PROGRESS project announces its 2nd event to share and discuss Good Practices for Ecosystem Services from 6 EU territories. On-line event on 11.1.2021. Ecosystem Services are the goods and services of nature that contribute to human well-being....
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SEA Fora Webinar

The 3 Regional Assemblies of Ireland hosted a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Webinar on the 26th November 2020.  This webinar is a first step in re-establishing the Regional Fora Training Events for SEA in consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...
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More than 1 in 4 private sector workers are capable of operating remotely, analysis from the 3 Regional Assemblies of Ireland shows

Remote working has the potential to open up an array of economic and environmental opportunities for all our regions More than one in four private-sector workers in Ireland is capable of working remotely, a new report shows. It indicates that the development of co-working hubs...
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Cllr Pádraig McEvoy elected Cathaoirleach

Councillor Pádraig McEvoy has been elected Cathaoirleach of Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly at the Assembly’s Annual General Meeting on Friday 10th July. Councillor McEvoy, Independent, was appointed to the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly by Kildare County Council...
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PROGRESS: 1st International Workshop takes place online

What was initially planned as a training workshop for local stakeholders in Latvia became an international online event thanks to our partners at Riga Technical University and Riga TV24. The online workshop – which took place on the 10th of June – involved experts from...
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COVID-19 Regional Economic Analysis

Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Irish Regions Published While it is clear that the Covid-19 outbreak will have a significant impact on Ireland’s economy, the degree to which this impact will be felt across Ireland’s regions, counties, cities and towns remains to be seen. On this...
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PROGRESS: Online Thematic Seminar

Thematic Seminar on the measurement of the costs and benefits of ecosystem services goes ahead online PROGRESS partners pushed ahead and held the 1st Thematic Seminar online on the 31st of March having originally been scheduled for the same date in Barcelona. Partners,...
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EMRA office closed

EMRA office closed until further notice In keeping with government guidelines and to protect our staff, the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly team will be working from home until further notice. Our staff members can be contacted on their personal email addresses. For any...
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EMRA RSES awarded at the Irish Planning Awards

We are pleased to announce that The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Eastern and Midland Region received an award in the Plan Making category at last night’s Irish Planning Awards. We would like to thank our members, staff and stakeholders who contributed to...
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Ireland holds its first Next2Met Stakeholder meeting

The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA) held its first Next2Met stakeholder meeting on December 2nd  2019 . The meeting brought together the Broadband Officers of the Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath County Councils with the EMRA project team, and focused on the...
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PROGRESS begins!

PROmoting the Governance of Regional Ecosystem ServiceS (PROGRESS), is an Interreg Europe project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The aim of the project is to initiate a process of exchange of experiences for maintaining nature’s biodiversity, goods and...
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North-West Europe (NWE) impact event

NWE Making an Impact! The Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) programme is pleased to announce its first impact event on 4 and 5 December 2019, which will take place in Tourcoing (Lille agglomeration, Hauts-de-France) at La Chaufferie. Over a day and a half, this transnational event...
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NWE Making an Impact!

The Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) programme is pleased to announce its first impact event on 4 and 5 December 2019, which will take place in Tourcoing (Lille agglomeration, Hauts-de-France) at La Chaufferie. Over a day and a half, this transnational event will focus on the...
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Cllr Eamon Dooley elected Cathaoirleach

Councillor Eamon Dooley has been elected Cathaoirleach of Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly at the Assembly’s Annual General Meeting on Friday 12th July. Councillor Dooley, Fianna Fáil Party, was appointed to the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly by Offaly County Council...
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€31m project secured for floating wind project in North West Europe

European Marine Energy Centre leads consortium from Ireland, the UK, France, the Netherlands and Germany A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned that a full-scale floating wind turbine...
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Interreg North-West Europe Joint Information Event

Interreg North-West Europe Joint Information Event hosted by SEUPB Interreg North-West Europe Programme and Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) are hosting a joint application clinic on 16th April in Newry for potential applicants interested in applying under Call 9. Both the...
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Interreg North West Europe Call 9 Opens

Interreg North West Europe Call 9 Opens: Deadline 14th June 2019 Interreg North West Europe Programme ninth call for project proposals is now open.  The deadline for Step 1 applications is Friday 14th June 2019.  The application form and support documents are now available...
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STAGE 1 Issues Paper – 1st Consultation

The public consultation period for submissions on the RSES Issues Paper was extended to 5 pm on Friday 16th February 2018  
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Draft National Planning Framework published

The Government has published the draft of the National Planning Framwork “Ireland 2040 – Our Plan” today. The final round of public consultations on the document will last until 3rd November 2017. The main objective of the Plan is to guide planning activities on a local, regional...
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RESILENS – EMRA WP 4 Pilot Demonstrations

RESILENS: EMRA WP4 Pilot Demonstrations Concluding  Update June2017 RESILENS Website            RESILENS Newsletter As a RESILENS partner, EMRA has been responsible for leading Work Package 4 (WP4) of the project which we have recently completed with the submission of our WP4...
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Ireland Wales Programme – Funding for natural resources and heritage

Funding available for natural resources and heritage proposals through the Ireland Wales Programme €9.6m of EU funds are available for cross-border proposals to maximise the potential of Ireland and Wales’ natural and cultural assets to help increase visitor numbers to coastal...
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AIR Training Event – 26th May 2017

We are pleased to inform you that the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly is the organiser of this years’ Association of Irish Regions (AIR) Training Event: Brexit, Regional Planning and EU Affairs Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Government Please see the below...
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NWE – Seven more projects approved

Interreg North West Europe Approvals The Interreg NWE Monitoring Committee approved seven more projects at its meeting in Paris in early March.  Ten Irish organisations from a variety of sectors are participating in three of the approvals. The newly approved projects will cover a...
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Regional NPF launch

The launch of National Planning Framework in the Eastern and Midland region took place on Tuesday 21st February 2017 at 2.30 pm in the Axis Theatre in Ballymun. Among the speakers was Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.  After...
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Strategic Management Framework for Dublin Bay

We are pleased to inform that the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly has published the Strategic Management Framework for Dublin Bay. This report has been developed over the last 3 years by our late colleague Dr. Walter Foley and our current Project Officer Dr. Travis...
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CoR Meetings 2017 Calendar

The Committee of Regions meetings calendar for 2017 has now been published. Click below to download it.
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Interreg NWE Call 4 Opens: Deadline 18/11/16

Interreg NWE Call 4 Opens: Deadline 18/11/16 Interreg North West Europe Programme has launched its fourth call for applications today (17/10/16).  The deadline for Step 1 applications is Friday 18th November.  The application form and support documents are now available online....
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Strong Irish presence in Interreg NWE approvals

Strong Irish presence in Interreg North West Europe approvals Ireland has secured funding under 5 of the 8 applications which were approved by the Interreg North West Europe Monitoring Committee at their meeting in Germany on 13-15 September. There are 7 Irish partners and one...
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CSP Steering Group Meeting

A Steering Group Meeting for the Celtic Seas Partnership was organised by EMRA on Tuesday the 28th of June. The Steering Group is designed to guide development of the project. The active participation of the Steering Group facilitated a free flow of ideas and information among...
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Celtic Seas Partnership Workshop II

Celtic Seas Partnership Workshop We would like to invite all stakeholders to another Celtic Seas Partnership workshop.  It will take place at 10 am on Wednesday 8th of June in Chamber Room (1st floor), Ballymun Civic Centre, Ballymun, Dublin 9. During the workshop we will examine...
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Encore Conference 2016

Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe. The 12th Ministers’ Encore Conference will take place on the 23rd of September 2016 in Carinthia, Pörtschach. The motto of this year’s conference is “Regions taking Action – Alliances on Climate Change and Green...
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Celtic Seas Partnership Workshop

Giving stakeholders the chance to have their say, a recent workshop on ‘data and information – the key to success’ was organised by EMRA on Monday the 15th of February. Around 30 attendees from a variety of sectors the workshop provided a forum to exchange experiences and discuss...
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ERDF grant assistance to local authority capital works under the Designated Urban Centres Grants Scheme 2014 – 2020

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, in conjunction with (i) the Southern Regional Assembly, and (ii) the Northern and Western Regional Assembly, today (19th January 2015) announced the proposed local authority capital projects around Ireland that...
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Dublin Bay Stakeholders Questionnaire

All Dublin Bay Stakeholders are invited to take part in a questionnaire which aims to inform the development of a Strategic Management Framework (SMF) for Dublin Bay. The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly are distributing the questionnaire to ascertain your views on...
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CSP success – UK Marine Strategy Part Three

Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government have published the Marine Strategy Part Three: UK programme of measures. This outlines a comprehensive set of existing and planned measures that will help to achieve Good Environmental Status...
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Committee of Regions plenary meeting (114th)

The 114th Committee of Regions plenary meeting took place on the 12th of October 2015 in Brussels. Along with Irish representatives in the Committee the meeting was attended by Mr Phil Hogan – Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in the European Commission,...
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The Interreg NWE Programme Call for Project Proposals

The Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Programme has opened a Call for Project Proposals. Public and private organisations can submit applications on Innovation, Low Carbon and Resource and materials efficiency until 30 November. The Programme encourages public, scientific, private...
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The Southern Regional Assembly is recruiting two (2) SENIOR FIRST LEVEL CONTROLLERS (Grade V)

The Southern Regional Assembly is recruiting two (2) SENIORFIRST LEVEL CONTROLLERS (Grade V) to be based in Waterford City. The Post Reporting to the Auditor (Grade VII) duties will include: – Processing and appraising expenditure claims by ETC Projects; – Carrying...
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Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly elects Cllr. Pat Vance as new Cathaoirleach

Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly elects new Cathaoirleach At the Annual General Meeting of Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly on 10th July, 2015  Cllr. Pat Vance was elected as the Cathaoirleach and Cllr. Fiona O’Loughlin was elected as the Leas-Cathaoirleach for the...
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EMRA Members’ Training Workshop and June Assembly Meeting – Tullamore 11th & 12th June 2015

EMRA Members’ Training Workshop & Assembly Meeting – Tullamore 11th & 12th June 2015                            
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EU Oireachtas Affairs Committee 23rd April

EU Oireachtas Affairs Committee Members of the Irish Committee of the Regions Delegation with members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee April 2015       (Left to right - Mr. Bernard Durkan TD, Cllr. Maria Byrne, Cllr. Neale Richmond, Mr. Dominic Hannigan TD, Cllr....
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Formal Signing of Ireland’s Regional Operational Programmes 2014 – 2020

  Brussels – Tuesday, 24 February, 2015  The European Commission and the Irish Government today completed the formal signing of the €320 million BMW Regional Operational Programme 2014‑2020, with includes €160 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The...
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Dublin City at the forefront of EU Branding Initiative

  Dublin City at the forefront of EU Branding Initiative Dublin has captured a €1m EU City Branding Initiative which is aimed at a more integrated approach to brand management across European Atlantic cities. Dublin City Council is leading the ‘AT Brand’ Project which is a...
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Inaugural Meeting of the Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly

The inaugural meeting of the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly  was held in Dublin City Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 , on Friday, 16th January 2015. At the meeting, Councillor Gerry Horkan was elected to chair the new Assembly. Councillor Horkan, from Dún...
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