Northern and Western Region to benefit from EU Fund strengthening competitiveness and promoting innovation

Regional Innovation Valleys are an action under the NEIA flagship 3. The initiative builds on the European Innovation Ecosystems Work Programme under Horizon Europe and Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) Instrument under European Regional Development Fund.

It focuses on connecting regions across the EU and beyond that are committed to strengthening their innovation ecosystem and creating new EU value chains to contribute to key EU priorities. The resulting connected RIVs systematically involve regions with a lower innovation performance in order to further reduce the innovation gap

Information and Publicity

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly as a Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) are committed to ensuring that EU investment under the ERDF complies with the EU’s thematic objectives and with our Priorities for this Region.

Transparency and visibility are also vital components of our work and our newsletters are one of the ways that you can keep up to date with progress under our ERDF Regional Programme, you can also interact with the NWRA team by following us on social media or visiting our website

Dennis Kelly, Director, Northern and Western Regional Assembly


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ERDF Programmes Coronavirus Response

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Regional Programmes in Ireland have awarded €286.5 million to the Health Service Executive (HSE) to support the cost of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to the Irish healthcare system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two ERDF Regional Programmes responded to the pandemic by developing the Health Support Scheme which funds the HSE’s drive to secure and sustain continuity of access and supply of essential PPE for the health services in Ireland. HSE Health Business Services has led the extraordinary challenge to ensure the supply of PPE through a multi-agency approach with regulatory support from the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

ERDF funding of €286,580,931 has been awarded to the HSE from the Border, Midlands & Western (BMW) Regional Operational Programme (€97,415,632), and the Southern & Eastern (S&E) Regional Operational Programme (€189,165,299) for the supply of COVID-19 PPE to the health service in the S&E and BMW regions.

The funding from the ERDF Programmes was facilitated by the EU CRII and CRII Plus Regulations to support operations and foster crisis response capacities in the context COVID-19; and Reg 2020/558 to support exceptional measures for use of European Structural Investment Funds for Covid-related support.

The S&E Regional Operational Programme and the BMW Regional Operational Programme are managed respectively by the Southern Regional Assembly and the Northern & Western Regional Assembly and are co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Smart City Bootcamp

There is an increasing trend at EU and national public policy level towards ‘Greener’ and ‘Smarter’ practices. One commonality between these two pillars is the application of innovative technology.

David Minton, Director with the NWRA said that ‘policy and funding is shifting towards Smart City principles and we would like to make sure our Smart Region (Smart City+Smart Rural) has the full capability to take advantage of opportunities associated with regeneration and disruptive technology funds’.

At the Smart Cities Bootcamp, the NWRA is looking at taking a deep dive into technical advancements and future-thinking that will lead the next generation of urban & rural development. The programme is open to all but we will be collaborating closely with the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC).

Tomás O’Siochain, CEO, WDC said the Bootcamp is a great opportunity for the AEC in its development as the course is a blend of ‘practical exposure and learning’ focused on new technologies and their application to the built environment and place making.

The 3 Day intensive Bootcamp aims to collect senior personnel around a discussion on how the growth of future and smart cities & towns will influence construction, transportation, public policy, manufacturing, and the environment.

Learning about innovative technology and hearing from leaders in IoT, transportation, energy, health and public safety, artificial intelligence and data analytics.

3 Days 3 Cities will take stakeholders to Dublin, Leuven and Ghent exploring new and innovative practices in Smart Cities / Smart Town practices.

More information can be found on or contacting Marie Moriarty –

Planning for the next 5 years….. our new Corporate Plan

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) was established on 1stJanuary 2015 covering Galway City & County, Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Monaghan and Sligo.

Located in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon the NWRA is responsible for:

  • Regional economic and spatial planning
  • Management of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) in BMW region
  • Developing, implementing and promoting regional development policy and activities
  • Acting as national contact point for EU-funded transnational programmes
  • Engaging in collaborative research projects with national and international partners

We have an ambition to create value by being the most Connected Region in Europe. Working with constituent stakeholders to connect our strengths.

Full evidence of this work can be viewed on this website and that includes delivery of our €320m Regional Operational Programme, development of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies (RSES), success in securing European Entrepreneurial Region award in 2018 and being designated as only one of twenty city & regions in Europe for Regio Hub (communicating the EU legislative package).

In addition, the NWRA has overseen an increase in the supply of EU funds to the region through transnational programmes with initiatives like the Diploma in EU Funds and the establishment of our EU Engagement unit.  The NWRA is also directly involved with innovative projects focusing on smart cities, SME digitisation, greenways and gastronomy. Many of these aligning with priorities across Regional Enterprise Plans, Rural Development Programme and the Atlantic Economic Corridor.

The NWRA is approaching this work with a clear set of values, focusing on:

  1. Creativity
  2. Partnership
  3. Engagement, and
  4. Vision

Thus, we continually aim to improve how we engage with stakeholders across all aspects of our programme of work – allowing stakeholders to influence, guide and steer our activities, enabling us to better deliver our vision as an organisation. The development of our new Corporate Plan for 2019-2024 provides us the perfect opportunity to do this.

We are seeking your feedback.

As the EU growth strategy moves towards a smarter and greener Europe, the NWRA forecasts a strategic opportunity to align regional priorities with EU and Exchequer funds. We are exploring how we can integrate and align core responsibilities to create more value and accelerate sustainable regional growth. In helping shape our new strategy we are inviting the views and opinions of key stakeholders and would very much welcome your perspective on what you think the key areas of focus should be.  Where can we create additional value or enhance our service delivery?

We would greatly appreciate your responses by September 27themailed to Gerry Lavelle in Corporate Services (

Our AGM is on Friday 5th July 2019 at 11.00 a.m.

The Annual General Meeting of the Northern & Western Regional Assembly will be held in the Assembly Headquarters, Ballaghaderreen on Friday 5th July 2019 at 11.00 a.m.

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Join our Team: GIS Project Manager Grade V

The Northern & Western Regional Assembly is recruiting for the following post:

GIS Project Manager (Grade V) Fixed Term Contract – 3 Years

The GIS Project Manager shall primarily assist in the delivery of a project, funded as part of the EU Atlantic Area InterReg Programme, which has the NWRA as one of eight partner Bodies, and undertake any other duties as required in line with corporate objectives of the Assembly. The objective of the Project (Maritime, Ocean Sector and Ecosystem Sustainability – MOSES) is to examine the ‘blue’ growth path for the sustainable development of the major sectors operating in the Atlantic space as envisaged in the Atlantic Action Plan, building on the expertise gained in the parent EU INTERREG Atlantic IV project MARNET.

Please find Competition Guidelines and Application Form her

Application form GIS Project Manager

Competition Guidelines GIS Project Manager

Applications must be made on the official application form and posted/delivered (original and three copies) to Director, Northern & Western Regional Assembly, The Square, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. When completing the application form accuracy is essential as you may be shortlisted on the basis of information supplied. Any inaccuracy in completing the form may result in rejection. Therefore, it is in your own interest to ensure that the information supplied in your application is complete and correct.

Applications must be delivered, or posted in sufficient time to ensure delivery not later than 4.00pm Friday 24th August 2018. An acknowledgement will issue to applicants by email. Allegations of loss or delay will not be considered unless supported by a Certificate of Posting. The cost of postage must be borne by the applicant. Change of address must be notified to us immediately in writing.

The Northern & Western Regional Assembly is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity.