Celebrating International Women’s Day 2017
Article placed in the Waterford News & Star for International Womens Day 08th March 2017
Established in January 2015, the Southern Regional Assembly (SRA) is one of three assemblies in Ireland. The region includes all of the counties in Munster plus the south-east counties of Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford. The Assembly has many responsibilities including the management of European co-funded programmes and economic and spatial planning for the region. We act as the national contact point for a number of EU-funded transnational programmes.
Essentially, our role in relation to European programmes, is to make sure the moneys given in grant aid to the projects or the small businesses are spent in accordance with the rules laid down by the European Commission for the programme.
Among our responsibilities is the formulation of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies (RSES). This is a new responsibility; it will be the first time that such strategies are to be devised at a regional level in Ireland. The members of the Assembly will play a key role in the development of the strategy for the Southern region.
A part of our role is to promote effectiveness in local government and public services in the region to aid transparency between plans, policies and proposals of these organisations.
The Assembly has a predominantly female staff, leading and supporting across these key roles. For detail on the individual roles please check out the staff section on our website www.southernassembly.ie.
In recognition of the energy, the dedication and the creativity brought to the workplace, on International Women’s Day, we are acknowledging the valuable role each of these 16 women play in conducting the business of the Assembly:
Breda Curran; Breda White; Caitriona Phelan; Derville Brennan; Emma Doran; Eve Hayden; Karen Coughlan; Marie Harnett; Edel Hunt; Oonagh Messette; Orla Kelly; Rita McGarvey; Sharon Murray; Sonja Maurus; Siobhán Rudden; Yvonne Cooney.
On this day we would like to acknowledge the female members of the Assembly too, Cllr. Deirdre Forde, Cork County Council; Cllr. Deirdre O’Brien, Cork County Council; Cllr. Dianne Nolan, Kerry County Council and Cllr. Mary Shields, Cork City Council.
To find out more about the SRA and its work contact the office at Assembly House, 30 O’Connell Street, on (051) 860700 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@Southernassembl).