KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL Corporate Plan 2015-2019 Cllr Fiona OLoughlin Mayor of Kildare Peter Carey Chief Executive The measures outlined in the Governments Action Programme for Effective Local Government Putting People First which have been given legal effect by the Local Government Reform Act 2014 provide for the most far-reaching changes in Irish local government since the current system was established in 1898. These changes encompass all aspects of local government structures functions governance operational efficiency and funding arrangements. The provisions of the 2014 Act add important new functions to the range of powers of the elected members including the adoption of the local economic and community plan and additional provisions in relation to financial and performance oversight arrangements. Local government has been given important roles in local enterprise support through the Local Enterprise Office and social inclusion and rural development with the creation of local community development committees. The reforms now implemented will contribute towards realising the vision for local government as set out in Putting People First To be the main vehicle of governance and public service at local level leading economic social and community development delivering efficient and good value services and representing citizens and communities as effectively and accountably as possible. The population of County Kildare has grown rapidly over the past twenty years or so and currently is in excess of 210000 persons. The delivery of essential local services and social infrastructure in a complex and ever changing environment is a major challenge. Kildare County Council collaborates with Government Departments State and semi-state agencies local business and community interests in providing a wide range of public services and in realising the vision of Making Kildare the place to live learn work visit and do business. The Corporate Plan serves as Kildare County Councils strategic framework for action during the lifetime of the Council. This plan is one of a number of documents setting out the aims and principles that will inform and guide the activities of the Council over the period 2014-2019. FOREWORD 1 The delivery of essential local services and social infrastructure in a complex and ever changing environment is a major challenge.