There are eight regions at NUTS III level in Ireland which came into existence in 1994, under the terms of the Local Government Act 1991. The geographical remit of each region is currently defined by combining the areas under the jurisdiction of three or more LAU-1 units of local government - the county and city councils. Each Region was governed by an associated Regional Authority. The role of the authorities was to monitor and regulate the delivery of the EU Structural Fund and to promote the co-ordination of the provision of public services. The Regional Authorities were dissolved in 2014 and were replaced by Regional Assemblies.