Dr Kieran McCarthy is an Independent member of Cork City Council, Ireland. He is an Irish member on the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). Kieran holds membership of the CoR’s Commission (sub-committee) for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC). Within SEDEC, Kieran champions informal and formal education, lifelong learning, culture and communities, and science and innovation in the regions and cities. Kieran also sits on the CoR’s COTER Commission (Cohesion Policy and Territorial Development). Within COTER, Kieran champions the role and voice of small cities within the EU, the EU Urban Agenda and its partnerships, and interregional co-operation programmes. He has recently been the CoR’s rapporteur on the New European Bauhaus and Small Cities and the Just Transition opinions respectively. Kieran is also currently the First Vice-president of the CoR's European Alliance grouping.