Mr Kieran McCarthy, member of the Committee of the Regions since January 2015, has recently been appointed as rapporteur of an Opinion on the "Implementation Assessment of the Urban Agenda for the EU". For over twenty years, Kieran McCarthy has actively promoted the cultural heritage of Ireland’s southern city, Cork, with its various communities and people. He has led and continues to lead successful heritage initiatives through his community talks and his work through his heritage consultancy business. For the past 18 years, Kieran has written a local heritage column in the Cork Independent on the history, geography and its intersection of modern day life in communities in Cork City and County. He is the author of twenty books. He holds a PhD in Geography from University College Cork. In June 2009 and May 2014, Kieran was elected as a local government councillor (Independent) to Cork City Council.