South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd is a community led local development company. It was founded in 1991, and was one of the first area based partnership companies to be established by the Government under the auspices of the then programme for Economic & Social progress (PESP). The establishment of local development companies like South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd, followed a realisation by government that what was needed to tackle the economic and social problems of rural areas was a localised community based response. The local community, working in partnership with statutory agencies, the social partners and local government, could take responsibility for addressing the economic and social problems within their communities. Strategies and related actions could be developed locally, with local ownership and in response to local needs This ‘bottom up’ approach to Rural Development is a core ethos of South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd and it provides the organisation with a methodology of working which informs the design, development and implementation of its rural development initiatives.
South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd is an experienced rural development organisation and has successfully implemented numerous state & EU funded rural development programmes since its foundation in 1991. It combines an economic development role, creating sustainable jobs and attracting investment with community, cultural and social development activities. South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd works with a very broad range of stakeholders, including individuals, communities, businesses, networks, cooperatives, government agencies and departments. It is a non-governmental organisation and is legally established as a Company limited by guarantee with registered charitable status with the Irish Revenue Commissioners. The operation of South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd is overseen by a voluntary board of directors consisting of 22 members representing four key pillars, The Community & Voluntary Sector, The Social Partners, Statutory Agencies and Local Government. The community & voluntary sectors is the largest pillar on the board. Full details on the partnership board are detailed below.
Our Mission Statement
South Kerry Development Partnership (SKDP) works to promote and assist the development of sustainable, vibrant communities in South Kerry, and to improve the quality of life of people living there through the provision of social and economic opportunities. SKDP does this by targeting financial resources, creating strategic alliances, facilitating networking and fostering cooperation, and will incorporate ongoing evaluation of its work to ensure focused delivery of its objectives. SKDP is a local development company which works in partnership with state agencies, the social partners, local elected members and community and voluntary representatives.
The Core Values which underpin all of the work of the South Kerry Development Partnership are as follows:
- Using a partnership approach – fostering involvement of stakeholder agencies.
- Equality – a fair, respectful and inclusive approach and encouragemnet of others to do the same
- Bottom up approach – recognition and building on existing assets and ensuring involvment
- Addressing disadvantages of any kind
- Working on all levels of the community to achieve objectives
- To be innovative
- Work is transformational, with strategies for continuation at outset.
- Influencing policy – by taking opportunities as arising and involvement of local, regional and national agencies.
South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd’s corporate plan 2008-2013 has divided it’s activities under three strategic pillars, each with an overall core objective, strategies to achieve the objectives and a series of actions to realise each of the strategies. The three strategic pillars are:
- Enterprise & Employment
- Community Development
- Education & Training
More information on each of these key areas of activity are set out in the relevant section of the website
South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd is structured in accordance with its key areas of activities and it’s sub-structure has been designed to both prioritise key areas of activity and ensure maximum involvement of key stakeholders in its working groups. The structure of South Kerry Development Programme Ltd is set out below:
Area of Operations
South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd covers an extensive area of almost 2,500km2. This represents over half the surface area of County Kerry. The area, which covers 65 EDs (Electoral Divisions), has a population of just over 47,000. Its main urban centre is Killarney (pop.14,000). Other significant urban centres include Kenmare (pop. 1,950), Killorglin (pop. 1,500) and Cahersiveen (pop. 1,300). These four urban centres account for approximately 40% of the population of South Kerry, with the remainder residing in smaller towns, villages and in the rural countryside (O’Keeffe, SKDP Rural Typology Profile 2007).
It is a predominantly rural area. The main industries are agriculture and tourism. South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd’s geographic area of operations covers an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a varied landscape consisting of mountains, coastline, lakes, national park, diverse flora & fauna and a world heritage site.
The geographic area of operations covered by South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd is shown below.
- Gloria O’Driscoll
- Noel Spillane
Community & Voluntary Sector
- Sheila Casey – Community – 12 Muckross Grove, Killarney, Co. Kerry
- Kevin Griffin – Community – Seefin, High Road, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry
- Gloria O’Driscoll – Community – East End, Portmagee, Co. Kerry
- Eugene Dennehy – Community – Spukane, Waterville, Co. Kerry
- John Quill – Community – Barleymount, Killarney, Co. Kerry
- Daniel O’Sullivan – Community – West Laharn, Killorglin, Co. Kerry
- Emer Moynihan – Community -
- Mairead Cronin – Community -
- Danny Breen – Community -
National Social Partners Sector
- John Joe O’Brien – ICOS – Lauragh, Kenamre, Co. Kerry
- Pat O’Driscoll – IFA – Feighmane, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry
- John Dunworth – Teagasc – Austin Stacks Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry
- Jerry Moloney – Enterprise Ireland – Enterprise Ireland, 4500 Atlantic Avenue, Westpark, Shannon, Co. Clare
- John O’Connor – KES – Colaiste Na Sceilge, Valentia Road, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry
- John J. O’Connor – County Enterprise Board – Ardmoniel, Killorglin, Co. Kerry
- Breda O’Dwyer – IT Tralee -
- Kevin O’Sullivan – Teagasc -
- Sean O’Suilleabhain – Irish Environment Network – Foilnagower, Killorglin, Co. Kerry
Local Government Sector
- Cllr. Michael O’Shea – Kerry County Council Elected Members – Chapel Lane, Milltown, Co. Kerry
- Cllr Patrick Connor – Kerry County Council Elected Members – 5 Main Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
- Cllr. Johnny Heally-Rae – Kerry County Council Elected Members – Main Street, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry
- Cllr. Donal Grady- Kerry County Council Elected Members – 2 Maple Drive, Deerpark, Killarney, Co. Kerry
- Cllr. Michael Cahill – Kerry County Council Elected Members – Rosbeigh, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry
- Cllr. John Francis Flynn – Kerry County Council Elected Members -
- Cllr. Damian Quigg – Kerry County Council Elected Members -
- Cllr. Michael O’Leary – Kerry County Council Elected Members -