This Combat Poverty research study examines the role of local partnerships in promoting social inclusion in Ireland. Ireland is among the EU countries who have a strong model of local partnership. The book assesses the application of the partnership model in tackling social exclusion, canvasses the views of various stakeholders as to its policy impact, and makes recommendations for the continued operation of local partnerships as an instrument of social inclusion. The book examines the operation and impact of social partnerships through three case studies: the PAUL Partnership in Limerick, the Tallaght Partnership and the South Kerry Development Partnership. It also includes recommendations for improving the effectiveness of local partnerships and for enhancing the policy context in which they operate.