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Women in Business 2018

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Women in Business 2018

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 grants disbursed to co-funded projects or small businesses are spent in accordance with the rules laid down by the European Commission for the programmes.

Among our responsibilities is the formulation of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies (RSES). This process for this new responsibility I snow underway following the publication of the National Planning Framework and the National Development Plan on Friday 16th February. It will be the first time that such strategies are devised at a regional level in Ireland. The members of the Assembly 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 details 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 female staff play in conducting the business of the Assembly: Breda Curran; Derville Brennan; Emma Doran; Eve Hayden; Karen Coughlan; Marie Harnett; Edel Hunt; Oonagh Messette; Orla Kelly; Rita McGarvey; Róisín Kiely; Sharon Murray; Siobhán Rudden; Yvonne Cooney and Yvonne O’ Brien. On this day we would also like to acknowledge the female members of the Assembly too, including: Cllr Deirdre Forde, Cork County Council; Cllr Deirdre O’Brien, Cork 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


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