About The Programme

What is the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-2013?

The Ireland Wales Programme 2007-2013 has an overall aim of addressing issues relating to innovation, entrepreneurship, the knowledge economy, climate change and community regeneration between both countries.

Meaning 'inter-regional', INTERREG is an EU Community Programme that aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion by promoting international and cross-border co-operation.

As the distance between the Irish and Welsh coastlines is less than 150km, the Ireland Wales Programme is eligible for funding under the cross border strand of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective.

The Ireland Wales Programme 2007-13 differs from its predecessor in that it is a fully fledged Structural Funds Programme.  It has a total budget of €70m over the period of its operation, with approximately €52m in grant provided through the European Regional Development Fund.

Geographic areas eligible to participate in the Programme

Ireland Wales Map

Ireland: Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Waterford, South Tipperary, Cork & Kerry.

Wales: Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon), Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Flintshire & Wrexham.

The Irish Sea forms a unifying link throughout the Programme area. Its role as the main access point for people and goods travelling between Ireland and Britain, and thereon to the Continental market, is of vital importance to the success of the Programme.

Programme Objectives

The Ireland Wales Programme aims to further develop the cross border region by:

  • Improving the overall economic, environmental and social well-being of the Ireland Wales co-operation area
  • Achieving a more cohesive, balanced and sustainable development of the area
  • Contributing to the greater competitiveness of the region and that of the EU in a globalised world

The Programme focuses on co-operation to ensure integrated regional development through common strategies. This Programme is seeking projects that aim to jointly address the challenges laid out in EU, Irish and Welsh policies and have a positive impact on local communities in the cross border area.

Programme Priorities

Financial assistance is concentrated on two key priorities, common to both countries.

Priority 1: Knowledge, Innovation and Skills for Growth
Development of the knowledge, R&D/innovation and entrepreneurial base of the region’s economy and enhancement of its capacity by providing targeted Programmes to develop the skills and abilities of the population and the workforce. This is intended to boost job creation and foster competitiveness.

The priority has two separate but related themes:

  • Innovation and competitiveness
  • Skills for competitiveness and employment integration

Priority 2: Climate Change and Sustainable Regeneration
Managing physical and natural resources in an environmentally sustainable manner and providing opportunities for those living in the region to renew and sustainably regenerate their communities.

The priority has two separate but related themes:

  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Regeneration of Communities


For a full description of the Programme, including a definition of the eligible area, please read the Operational Programme.