Useful Links

European Commission

The EU’s overall political goals are developed collectively by its institutions. The Commission’s work is steered by a College of Commissioners, and led by its President. The Commissioners work on specific policy priorities that are set out by the Commission President.

European Commission Representation in Ireland

The aim of the representation office is to provide a voice to the European Commission in Ireland and to communicate EU affairs at a national and local level.

Their role is to:

  • Explain how EU policies will affect you in Ireland
  • Be a source of EU-related information for your government and other authorities and stakeholders in Ireland
  • Offer press & media services in Ireland
  • Speak for the European Commission as its voice in Ireland
  • Report back to the Commission in Brussels on important political, economic and social developments in Ireland. 

European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland

The European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland provides information on the European Parliament’s role and powers, on the Irish MEPs and their activities and on issues currently being considered by Parliament which are of significance for Ireland and for Europe as a whole.  

Government of Ireland is a central portal for government services and information. It combines the websites of Irish government departments and is a trusted source that makes interactions with the government more user-focused.

Northern and Western Regional Assembly

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) is one of three Regional Assemblies in the Republic of Ireland. They work with key stakeholders at EU, national, regional and local level to accelerate and optimise effective regional development.

They have three inter-related functional areas

  1. BETTER PLACES  – policy making, monitoring/oversight and promoting enhanced co-ordination in our Region through the implementation of our Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy
  2. COMPETITIVENESS – optimise EU policy and funding instruments for regional/local development priorities
  3. COLLABORATION – engage with innovative research partnerships and regional based networks to accelerate priorities identified in the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies 

Southern Regional Assembly

The Southern Regional Assembly is part of the regional tier of government in Ireland. It has a remit for the Southern Region, one of three in Ireland which were established in 2015 as the regional tier of government. It incorporates three Strategic Planning Areas, also known as NUTS III regions for the purposes of EU funding, and ten local authority areas: Carlow, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Clare, and Limerick.

The Assembly forges links between the EU, and national and local levels through Regional Spatial and Economic Planning and European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) for the benefit of the Southern Region and beyond.

Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly

The main roles of the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly are to:

  • Implement the appropriate Regional Planning Guidelines operational within its geographical area.
  • Prepare, adopt and implement the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies.
  • Ensure consistency with RPG/RESES in relation to the Local Economic and Community Plans of the 12 constituent Local Authorities.
  • Participate on EU operational programme monitoring committees.
  • Identify, participate and co-ordinate certain EU projects.
  • Support the national delegation to the Committee of the regions.
  • Support the work of the National Oversight and Audit Commission. 


Pobal works on behalf of Government, and in conjunction with communities and local agencies, to support social inclusion and local and community development.


SOLAS is the State agency tasked with building a world-class Further Education and Training (FET) sector to fuel Ireland’s future.

Higher Education Authority

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) leads the strategic development of the Irish higher education and research system with the objective of creating a coherent system of diverse institutions with distinct missions, which is responsive to the social, cultural and economic development of Ireland and its people and supports the achievement of national objectives.