The Border Midland and Western Regional Assembly was one of two Regional Assemblies established in 1999 by the Irish Government to give effect to the division of the country into two regions for Structural Funds purposes.
Following on from the enactment of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 a number of changes were made to the regional structures in Ireland.
The eight regional authorities were dissolved on the 1st June 2014 and their functions and staff were transferred to the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Regional Assembly and to the Southern and Eastern (S&E) Regional Assembly.
Three new Regional Assemblies came into being on 1st January 2015, namely the Northern & Western, the Midland & Eastern and the Southern Regional Assemblies.
The Northern & Western Regional Assembly comprises of 25 elected Members nominated by the 9 local authorities within the region.
The main roles of the Northern & Western Regional Assembly are to:
Manage the BMW Regional Operational Programmes
- Monitor the general impact of all EU and Irish exchequer-funded programmes in the Northern and Western region;
- Promote the co-ordination of the provision of Public Services in the region; and
- Ensure that national policies take regional issues into account
The Headquarters of the Northern and Western Regional Assembly is located in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
The Regional Assembly employs 14 staff to carry out its various executive and corporate functions in relation to financial management and control, programme monitoring, information and publicity, policy development, promotion of EU co-operation Projects and the administration of Regional Programmes of Innovative Actions.