South Kerry Development Partnership CLG (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 CLG are as follows: Using a partnership approach – fostering involvement of stakeholder agencies. Equality – a fair, respectful and inclusive approach and encouragement of others to do the same Bottom up approach – recognition and building on existing assets and ensuring involvement 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.
Key Areas of Activity
South Kerry Development Partnership CLG 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 CLG 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:
South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd Board and Sub Structure
Area of Operations South Kerry Development Partnership CLG 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 CLG’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 CLG is shown below
Chairperson and CEO of SKDP CLG
• Anthony Donnelly
• Noel Spillane
SKDP Board Members
Community & Voluntary Sector
- Michael Moriarty – Greater Killarney Area Community Forum
- Stuart Kelly – Greater Killarney Area Community Forum
- Sean Roche – Mid Kerry & Sliabh Mish Community Forum
- Catherine Evans – Mid Kerry & Sliabh Mish Community Forum
- Michael J O’Connor – Iveragh Community Forum
- Tony Donnelly – Iveragh Community Forum
- Patricia Holbein – Greater Kenmare Area Community Forum
- Tadgh O’Donoghue – Greater Kenmare Area Community Forum
National Social Partners Sector
- Edward O’Sullivan – Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association / Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society (ICMSA/ICOS)
- Pat O’Driscoll – Irish Farmers Association (IFA)
- Sheila Dickson – Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)
- Yvonne McDonagh – Irish Business & Employers Confederation (IBEC)
- Majella Moloney – Teagasc
- Kevin Fay – Kerry Education & Training Board (KETB)
- Ann Marie NicGearailt – Udaras Na Gaeltachta
- Vacancy – Irish Environment Network
Local Government Sector
- Councillor John O’Donoghue – Kerry Co. Council – Elected Members
- Councillor Fionnán Fitzgerald – Kerry Co. Council – Elected Members
- Councillor Dan McCarthy – Kerry Co. Council – Elected Members
- Councillor Marie Moloney – Kerry Co. Council – Elected Members
- Paul Neary – Kerry County Council – Executive