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South East Regional Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee

While the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation oversees the Regional Action Plans for Jobs at national level each Regional Action Plan is monitored by a Regional Implementation Committee at regional level.

Enterprise Champions

Many of the actions set out in the Regional APJs are delivered by public sector bodies acting collaboratively. Some of the actions require active engagement with the private sector so strong business representation is required.

To this end, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has appointed locally based enterprise champions to each Regional Implementation Committee to work with the public bodies on the implementation of the Plans, including the identification of new actions to be added to the Plans as they evolve.

Frank O'Regan former Vice President Global Operations of Baush & Lombe Co. Waterford chairs the committee and Terry Clune Founder of Connect Ireland and CEO and Founder of Taxback.com, Co. Kilkenny is vice chair.

The other Enterprise Champions in the South East are Seamus Kilgannon CEO and Founder of Schivo Group, Co. Waterford; Patsy Carney, CEO, Eirgen Pharma, Co. Wexford; Rachel Doyle, Chief Executive Chairperson, Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Co. Carlow; Colin Gordon CEO, Glanbia Consumer Foods; Pat McLoughlin, Site Director, Abbott Vascular, Co. Tipperary; Liam Griffin MD, Griffin Hotel Group, Wexford; Karen Hennessy, CEO Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny; Des Whelan MD of WLRFM and Founder of Beat FM; and Barry Downe Chairman of TSSG, Co. Waterford.

Member Organisations

Organisations represented on the committee are:

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation
Enterprise Ireland
IDA Ireland
Local Enterprise Office Carlow
Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny
Local Enterprise Office Tipperary
Local Enterprise Office Waterford
Local Enterprise Office Wexford
Carlow County Council
Kilkenny County Council
Tipperary County Council
Waterford City & County Council
Wexford County Council
Fáilte Ireland
Kilkenny Carlow ETB
Tipperary ETB
Waterford Wexford ETB
South East Chambers
Southern Regional Assembly
Udaras na Gaeltachta
Construction Industry Federation
Regional Skills Forum
Carlow Institute of Technology
Waterford Institute of Technology
Limerick Institute of Technology
The Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government


Sean McKeown is programme manager for the South East Action Plan for Jobs and serves as secretariat to the South East Regional Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee.

Meetings of the South East Regional Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee

26th November 2015, Butler House, Kilkenny
25th February 2016, County Hall, Wexford
23rd June 2016, County Hall, Emmett Street, Clonmel
28th October 2016, WIT Sports Arena, Carriganore, Waterford
31st March 2017, Haughton Building, IT Carlow