Ireland-Wales Programme – Supporting the Local Community in Wexford.

Issued 11 April 2014

Brendan Howlin, TD, travels to Cardiff to engage on the Ireland-Wales Programme – Supporting the Local Community in Wexford.

Brendan Howlin, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform today welcomed the new investment of €75m to encourage collaborative projects, benefiting both sides of the Irish Sea.

During a visit to Wales today, Minister Howlin said, “I greatly welcome this new phase of what has been a very successful collaboration between Ireland and Wales. The enhanced funding commitment, reflecting this success, will allow the Ireland Wales Cross Border programme to build on its already considerable achievements and to develop new projects and partnerships that benefit the economies of both countries.

The programme is currently managed by the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly in Ireland and has supported forty one collaborative projects.

During his visit, Minister Howlin met a number of projects supported by the programme to hear about their achievements including the FUTSAL project, which has a FUTSAL hub in Wexford Youths Football Club, and is run in partnership with the Wexford County Council.

Other projects supported by the Ireland-Wales programme and having a benefit in Wexford are as follows:

Coracle

Coracle is an inclusive programme of activities and skills development designed to strengthen the creative communities in South-West Wales and South-East Ireland.

The Irish partners for this €1.6m project are IT Carlow (Wexford Campus), Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford County Council. The Welsh partners are Carmarthenshire County Council and University of Wales TSD (Trinity Saint Davids). Project activity is now complete.

Coracle aims to:

  • Promote, provide access to, & develop higher level skills for creative artists & festival organisations,

  • Stimulate entrepreneurship opportunities for creative & cultural arts students from both regions, with particular emphasis on the potential for interdisciplinary & interregional collaboration,

  • Promote wider economic regeneration through optimising the value of the creative arts & the distinctive culture of both regions to the tourism economy,

  • Promote the value of social inclusion through the creative & cultural arts by supporting access for socially, physically or economically disadvantaged groups,

  • Provide opportunities to exchange expertise and ideas between creative & cultural arts practitioners, academics and students to enhance innovative enterprise development,

  • Promote best practice in sustainable use of resources in the development of enterprise opportunities

CIME

(Creativity and Innovation in MicroEnterprises) and ACT (Advanced Communication Technologies) had workshops in Co. Wexford, in fact ACT had their launch at the National Ploughing Championships in New Ross, and CIME also had one-to-one session with Wexford entrepreneurs. Both were led by the South-East Regional Authority and had a pronounced emphasis on the South-East.

SLNIW (Sustainable Learnings Networks Ireland Wales) was led from Waterford IT and had many events in Co. Wexford and many participants from the county.

Smart Coasts, a hugely successful strategic project, have had much co-operation and also the provision of some match funding from the EPA in Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford, even though the EPA were not themselves a partner.

SUSFISH (Producing guidelines for future shellfish fisheries management) were active off Bannow Bay

CSTP (Celtic Sea Trout Project) covers the whole Irish Sea area, but were very active in the River Slaney area, tagging fish in co-operation with local fishermen.

A previously supported project was “Rising Tide”

This €2.1m project is now complete, the Irish partners were The Kennedy Trust (New Ross) and Kilkenny Leader Partnership, with Milford Haven Port Authority and Pembrokeshire College Marine Technology Centre as the Welsh partners.

The Risings Tide project objectives were:

  • Develop and deliver VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES, which will provide progression routes for marginalised members of the community and develop participants;

  • COMMUNITY REGENERATION PROGRAMMES to develop local events, activities and projects with local stakeholders in the development of maritime tourism and promotion of local enterprise;

  • CROSS BORDER EXCHANGES between training programme participants, community stakeholders and coastal communities to facilitate interpretation and development that will support community regeneration.

 

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