Introduction to the DRA
Powers and Functions
The Dublin Regional Authority was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993. The functional area of the Authority covers the four local authority areas of Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
The Dublin Region occupies an area of 92,200 hectares and has a population of 1.217m.
The Authority has the primary roles of preparing and implementing Regional Planning Guidelines in tandem with the Mid-East Regional Authority for the Greater Dublin Area; and for promoting co-ordination in the provision of public services in the region, which includes promoting co-operation and joint action between local authorities, public authorities and other bodies.
The Authority has responsibility to review the provision of public services and the overall development needs of the region. In addition the Authority has the responsibility to provide proposals, advice, information and recommendations to Government for the purposes of plans and programmes relating to EU assistance and to review the implementation of measures for which EU assistance is made available.
The principal functions include:
Membership of the Regional Authorities comprises elected public representatives nominated by the four constituent Local Authorities within the Region. Regional Authorities are assisted in the exercise of their functions by Operational Committees. These generally comprise the Chief Officers of local authorities and state agencies in the respective regions.