South-East Regional Enterprise Plan to 2024

The South East Regional Enterprise Plan to 2024 was launched by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment in Wexford on 24 March 2022.

The new Plan includes projects and initiatives across the four South-East counties (Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford). Stakeholder consultation sessions attracted attendees from across industry, public sector and higher education sectors from within the region. The sessions highlighted the high level of collaboration and ambition that exists within the region, with a strong sense of optimism prevalent despite some regional challenges. Five key strategic objectives were agreed, with discrete actions developed for each.

The five strategic objectives


Start and grow

Encouraging entrepreneurship and enhancing the region’s start up ecosystem.


Green growth

Ensuring that the green economy becomes an engine for future job creation and economic growth in the region.


Smart specialisation and clustering

The principles of smart specialisation and clustering are critical for the region to create a resilient, inclusive, sustainable and competitive economy.



Building on our existing RD&I capacity to place innovation at the heart of the South-East economy.



Developing a region that is attractive to both domestic and international visitors and communicating the benefits of living and working in the South-East.

Education, training and skills initiatives will be delivered to support each of the objectives, with an overall goal to continue building regional capacity by leveraging regional strengths and opportunities.

Patsy Carney chairs the new plan for the South-East, with support from Ireland South East Development Office Director, Alan Quirke and Project Executive, Richard Hickey.

Topics: Regional Enterprise Plans