Cork County is one of six counties in the country to have permanent island communities, having 7 Inhabited Islands in West Cork. Because of small populations and geographical remoteness, key infrastructure facilities and services are more expensive to support, and if dealt with exclusively in relation to their population numbers many of the essential services key to their survival would disappear. The essence of the of the approach to this project is that in order to give the islands their best chance of survival a co-ordinated approach to island development is best practice. The co-ordinated approach to island development undertaken reflect the Principles recommended by the Interdepartmental Co-ordinating Committee on Island Development underpin the work.
The islands were designated a priority area as part of the County Development Board Process and the group was established in April 2009. The work is ongoing.
The Interagency Group is led and chaired by Cork County Council and its membership represents a broad cross section of islanders, local agencies and groups from Local Government/ Social Partners/ State Sector/ Local Development.
The focus of the work is to allow the islands to become a recognisable and functioning island group and to improve collaboration between public bodies working with island communities. In this regard the group set itself three main goals:
- To develop a socio-economic strategy and action plan for the West Cork islands.
- To have a sustainable partnership approach to the islands through the establishment of a long-term interagency structure for the West Cork islands
- To have an established Community Council structure representing all 7 West Cork islands.
The Interagency Group and West Cork Islands Community Council are now
firmly established and work and actions are delivered on an ongoing basis.
Please check out the West Cork Islands Website.
The focus of the work is the ongoing delivery of the Integrated Development Strategy and its Implementation Plan.
In order to increase the profile of the islands and there are a number of Websites and Publications/Information that relate to islands that may be of interest and are listed for information.
Relevant Island Publications
Relevant Island Links
Relevant Island Press Releases