The Irish Sports Council was established on 1 July 1999 under the Irish Sports Council Act. In response to the functions ascribed and the requirements of the Act, the Irish Sports Council produced its first Statement of Strategy, A New Era for Sport in 2000. During the period covered by this strategy, the Irish Sports Council established its first twelve Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).
In their second strategy - Sport for Life - the ISC again supported the continued expansion of the LSP network, with a further four LSPs established in 2004.
Since the publication of the current strategy; Building Sport for Life 2006-2008, the remaining 17 LSP's have been established and there is full national coverage.
All those statutory bodies, organisations and groups operating in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown with a responsibility for or interest in sports participation and development are invited to participate in the DLR Sports Partnership. This includes the involvement of the Local Authority, VEC, HSE, FÁS, education sector, sports clubs/organisations and voluntary/community groups.