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Ireland Wales Cross-Border Programme 2014-2020, 6 November 2015

The European Parliament and the Southern Regional Assembly are hosting an information and training morning on the Ireland-Wales cross-border programme of the European Union. The event will take place at the Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny on Friday 6 November 2015 at 10.00 am.  Places may be reserved at or phone 01-6057900. Admission is free and open to the public.



10.00: Welcome:

Chairperson: Deirdre Clune, MEP

10.10: Background – Cross-Border Co-operation

Francis Jacobs, Head of European Parliament Information Office in Ireland

10.15:  A Welsh MEP's perspectives on Ireland-Wales Cooperation

Jill Evans MEP

10.30 Funding for Cross-Border Projects – The Ireland-Wales Programme

Jane McMillan, Head of Programme Monitoring, Welsh European Funding Office

 10.45   How to apply for funding

Breda Curran, Development Officer, Southern Regional Assembly

11.00 Break

11h15: Success Story – Project Futsal

Derek O’Neill, Project Futsal Manager, Football Association of Ireland

11.30 Business Case Study

Michael Moroney, Head of Unit, Stragetic Projects Unit, Community & Economic Development Section, Tipperary County Council

11.45 Conclusion

Stephen Blair, Director, Southern Regional Assembly

 12.00 Q & A


The Ireland-Wales Programme

The western seaboard of Wales and the Eastern seaboard of Ireland stretching from Meath to Kerry and several inland counties are covered by the programme.

The Programme covers the period from 2014 to 2020, and is based on a number of priority themes:

- Strengthening research, technological development and innovation;
- Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management;
- Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency.

EU support of some €79 million is available for the programme which will be complemented by approximately €20 million of private and government funding.


Derek O'Neill, Project Futsal Manager, Football Association of Ireland

Derek O’Neill is a Project Manager with the Football Association of Ireland and has been with the Association since 2002. Before embarking on a career in football administration, Derek was a former semi-professional footballer who played for 16 years in the League of Ireland and the Australian National Soccer League.

Derek was also a participant on the Ireland Wales Programme funded Menter Iontach Nua (a learning, networking and support initiative designed to improve the innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial skills of social enterprises in the Interreg regions of Ireland and Wales) and graduated with a Masters Degree in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise) awarded by Dublin City University in 2014.

Michael Moroney, Head of Unit, Strategic Projects Unit, Community & Economic Development Section, Tipperary County Council

Michael has been Head of Strategic Projects Unit in Tipperary County Council’s Community and Economic Development Directorate since October 2014. Previous to that he spent over 13 years as Assistant Director with the South-East Regional Authority, before which he had worked in various roles in a number of local government organisations. He holds qualifications in Public Management and in Government & Public Policy. During his time with the Regional Authority he discharged the lead partner role on two Ireland-Wales INTERERG part-funded projects. He is presently implementing a number of EU part-funded projects in which Tipperary County Council is participating and in developing further collaborative opportunities for the County Council.

Description of Projects
• The CIME (Creativity and Innovation in Micro-Enterprises) project assisted small enterprises looking for new methods to address business issues, and stimulate creativity and innovation. The project operated from October 2009 to September 2012.
• The ACT (Advanced Communication Technologies for SME Development & Growth) project helped businesses to better understand the opportunities that social media, the internet and other modern communication technologies could offer. The project operated from January 2012 to December 2014.

More information on the Ireland Wales programme can be found here