About Us

The Southern Region:

The Southern Waste Region comprises the 10 local authority areas of Carlow, Clare, Cork County, Cork City, Limerick City & County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford City & County and Wexford.  The Region covers 42% of the land mass of the country, with a population of over 1.5 million people.  The settlement patterns in the region are evenly split between urban and rural areas, with the four cities of Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny and Waterford having the highest population and strongest centres of economic activity.

Limerick City & County Council and Tipperary County Council are the lead authorities for the Region and manage the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO).  The SRWMO coordinates the implementation of the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015 – 2021 and is a knowledge resource for all stakeholders with the capacity to promote higher order waste actions in the areas of prevention, reuse, resource efficiency and recycling.


The Role of the Southern Region Waste Management Office is:

  • To facilitate and service the regional waste steering committee in the implementation of the objectives set out in the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015 - 2021.  To develop a prioritised programme of objectives, targets and key performance indicators to ensure that the aims of the Plan are delivered;
  • To assist, facilitate and coordinate, in partnership with the member local authorities, the implementation of the objectives, policies, actions and targets of the Plan;
  • To prepare annual reports as required for the region, reporting on performance under each of the policy headings contained within the Plan;
  • To maintain and establish task groups on specific issues when required;
  • To prepare applications for grant assistance for regional projects;
  • To identify, coordinate and facilitate the training needs of the region to ensure effective implementation of the Plan;
  • To proactively promote prevention, minimisation, re-use and recycling of waste in accordance with the waste hierarchy and in association with industries, businesses, other statutory and non-statutory Agencies; and
  • To foster community awareness of waste management issues in association with the Environmental Awareness Officers in each of the member local authorities.


Who are the member local authorities?

The following local authorities make up the Southern Waste Region:
Carlow County Council, Clare County Council, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Kerry County Council, Kilkenny County Council, Limerick City and County Council, Tipperary County Council, Waterford City and County Council and Wexford County Council.
The lead authorities for the region are Limerick City and County Council and Tipperary County Council.


Where is the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO)?

The SRWMO is located in Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick V94 K6PO.
Tel : 061 496 596
eMail: info@srwmo.ie
Twitter: @preventwaste

Staff Details

Margaret Murphy

Margaret Murphy, Resource Efficiency Officer:

Responsibility for promoting waste prevention and minimisation for industry & business in the Region through personal contact and through local and regional initiatives.

E-mail: margaret.murphy@srwmo.ie

Phone: 061 556843 

Ursula Aherne

Ursula Aherne, Executive Scientist

Patricia Fogarty

Patricia Fogarty, Administrator

Carol Sweetnam

Carol Sweetnam, Historic Landfill Officer

Key role in the preparation of the draft Waste Management Plan for the SWR, in particular the collation of waste statistics and preparation of relevant chapters. Also have role in the facilitation of partner Local Authorities to meet their responsibilities under the enforcement & historic landfill task groups committees set up under the Governance of SWR.

Currently participating in the European funded Regions for Recycling (R4R) project, on behalf of the region.

E-mail: carol.sweetnam@srwmo.ie

Phone: 061 556841 


Philippa King

Philippa King, Regional Waste Coordinator:

Overall responsibility for managing the Regional Waste Management Office and ensuring that the Regional Waste Management Plan objectives and targets are delivered.

E-mail: philippa.king@limerick.ie

Phone: 061 556842 

Pauline McDonogh

Pauline McDonogh, Waste Prevention Co-ordinator:

Responsibility for co-ordination of the Prevention activities at community, SME and household level. Pauline also has responsibility for the delivering projects funded by the EPA as part of the Local Authority Prevention Network.

E-mail: pauline.mcdonogh@srwmo.ie

Phone: 061 556844