Pobal is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, without share capital. It was established in 1992 as Area Development Management Ltd. (ADM) by the Irish Government with the agreement of the European Commission, as an intermediary company working on behalf of Government to support social and economic development within Ireland. Over time our work has evolved in line with developments in Government policy and the needs of the groups and communities we serve. In 2005 the company name changed to Pobal.
The company is governed by a Board of Directors
appointed by Government and they give of their time and expertise on a voluntary basis.
Pobal’s work is primarily influenced by the policy context pertaining to: the Programme for Government; the National Development Plan 2007-2016; Putting People First Action Programme for Effective Local Government and the Action Plan for Jobs.
The company operates on the basis of a framework agreement with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) and programme-specific Service Level Agreements with individual Departments. Pobal’s accounts are subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General.
The work of the company is guided by a Strategic Plan
and our annual business plans reflect the requirements of the specific years in question.
The company works on an all-island basis
, with offices in Dublin, Monaghan, Cork, Clifden, Sligo and Letterkenny. It employs 231 staff.
Pobal’s programmes are subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General, our funding Departments and the EU.