Council’s NUI Maynooth information moves

KILDARE County Council officials have been asked to co-ordinate data and information about the county with the help of and coming from key State agencies.

KILDARE County Council officials have been asked to co-ordinate data and information about the county with the help of and coming from key State agencies.

Councillors have been told there are moves to try and do this.

Independent Cllrs. Padraig McEvoy, Anthony Larkin, Seamie Moore and Paddy Kennedy got agreement on a proposal that the Council provide a coordinating lead for other State agencies through the County Development Board to update the socio-economic profiles for County Kildare using the recent 2011 Census.

They also want the new analysis to report the baseline data and trend projections which would underpin future moves in employment, health, education, policing, community facilities, social-housing, water, environment, transport and energy.

Speaking at Kildare County Council’s meeting on 25 June, Cllr. McEvoy said they expected that such a report would be structured so that State agencies tasked with the delivery of various services can inform their strategies and target resources efficiently for County Kildare.

In particular, he said, reports should identify trends that will inform services for citizens living and working in a rapidly evolving county.

It should coordinate and focus the provision of services from different agencies and sub-sections within agencies and use best practice in social science analysis to inform service providers for medium to longer terms. The report would also complement the more detailed, evidence-based work plans that will flow from the Integrated Service Programmes which have started in Kildare and Kilcock.

Cllr. Tony O’Donnell said the project could take two to three years.

Cllr. Paddy Kennedy welcomed news that Prof. Rob Kitchin from NUI Maynooth would be addressing the County Development Board (CDB )on the issues shortly. He said they needed to integrate the information available.

Council officials said Prof. Kitchin of the NIRSA unit at the university will be speaking to the CDB on 6 September. They said the presentation will help identify what type of profile and analysis would best inform the work of the Council and the relevant agencies.

After that, they said, he would be invited to make a presentation to the full Council.

 

- Henry Bauress.