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Share: Posted on April 26 2017

The ILDN Head Office has Moved


ILDN has moved its offices to the Tait Business Centre, Dominic Street, Limerick. The new landline is  061 404923. The email address is  The Clondalkin office and associated landline are no longer operational. Whilst An Post Redirect is in place for a short period, it is advisable to update these contact details with immediate effect. ILDN also operate a subsidiary office at South Dublin County Partnership, Belgard Square North, Tallaght, Dublin 24.The ILDN Manager, Joe Saunders, can be contacted on 087 9379572 and

Social Enterprise Research Study Released

Share: Posted on June 17 2016

The Irish Local Development Network has released the full report on social enterprise in Ireland. We would like to thank all those involved in the development and articulation of this research, especially Dr. Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Bussiness School at University of Limerick. The full report may be found under the Policy & Publications page of our website, and is titled "Creating an Enabling, Supportibe Environment for the Social Enterprise Sector in Ireland."

Semi-Annual ILDN Council Meeting

Share: Posted on June 14 2016

This Wednesday, 15th June and Thursday, 16th June, the Irish Local Development Network will be holding one of its semi-annual council meetings at the University of Limerick. One of the main highlights of the event is expected to be the unveiling of the research conducted by Dr Briga Hynes of Kemmy Business School in the University of Limerick. In her report, Dr Briga discusses the importance of creating a supporting environment for social enterprise in Ireland. A foreword by ILDN Chair Marie Price Bolger can be found below. The full report will be uploaded to after its release at the council meeting. 

Submissions sought on framework for Local and Community Development

Share: Posted on January 30 2015

Minister Alan Kelly today announced the beginning of a public consultation process for the drafting of a framework for Local and Community Development.


You can read the draft framework document here.


Deadline for submissions is Friday,April 10th.

Booklet now online: Local Development Companies Combating Poverty & Social Exclusion

Share: Posted on October 20 2014

You can now read online our anti-poverty, social inclsuion booklet which launched on Friday.


The booklet entitled; Local Developmet Companies Combating Poverty & Social Exclusion was launched in conjunction with the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October the 17th.


The booklet contains 44 examples of the anti-poverty, social inclsusion work currently undertaken by Local Development Companies throughout the country.


You can read the booklet here.

Register now: ILDN Anti-Poverty, Social Inclusion Showcase Event, Friday, October 17th

Share: Posted on October 03 2014

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting an anti-poverty and social inclusion showcase event in Dublin on Friday, October 17th, 2014.

The event which has been granted funding from the Department of Social Protection, takes place in conjunction with the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Friday, 17th of October, 2014.

A booklet outlining the work Local Development Companies are doing to help combat poverty and social exclusion in Ireland will be launched on the day by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton.

There will also be a number of keynote speakers on the day including Mary Murphy, NUIM, Helen Johnston, National Economic & Social Council, and Daphne Nathalie Ahrendt, Eurofound.

Recipiants of services from Local Development Companies will share there stories on the day also.

Click on the image below to see the full schedule and you can register for the event by clicking here.

Monaghan Integrated launches ‘MN Training’ APP to assist those seeking employment

Share: Posted on October 03 2014

Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) is proud to announce the launch of the ‘MN Training’ APP; a unique new resource available to the people of Co Monaghan. It contains details on all the training courses currently available from the main service providers in the county, including Solas, the Education and Training Board, National Learning Network, Castleblayney Training Centre, and MID.


The APP is free to download and is primarily aimed at those not in employment or training. It is easy and simple to use and will assist people to find a training course that will help their employability.


MID CEO, Gabriel O’Connell said: “This APP pulls together all information on courses for young people, lifelong learning and upskilling opportunities in an easily accessible place. I am not aware of a similar APP being available elsewhere in the country, so this could be a first.”


However, he added that the project would be easy for other counties to replicate. He acknowledged the cooperation of all the agencies and local providers in helping make this resource happen.


Welcoming the APP launch, MID Chair Seamus Coyle, stated that some rural areas have poor internet access and having this information available on mobile smartphones which have greater coverage is very important for rural communities. The fact that the APP also includes local contact details for a range of support services including, the Department of Social Protection, SUSI, the Local Employment Service, the Adult Guidance Service and the Citizens Information Service makes it extremely useful to everyone in the county.


The APP can be downloaded by entering ‘MN Training’ into your APP search. There is also a video here showing how to use the APP.


Those wishing to advertise a County Monaghan based course or service on the APP can contact Gerard Callan on 042 9795731.

Local Development Companies Empowering Communities – Minister Kelly

Share: Posted on September 24 2014

The Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D. today stated his support for the work of Local Development Companies (LDCs).


The Minister was speaking at the official opening of the LEADER Village at the National Ploughing Championships. The LEADER Village hosts a range of Irish food, craft and tourism projects supported by the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) through Local Development Companies (LDCs).


Minister Kelly said: “It is an honour and a pleasure to open the LEADER village at the ploughing championships today.”


“Today you can visibly see in the stands the contribution local development companies have made to rural development over many years and this is certainly a contribution that I intend to see continue, especially the hard-working voluntary ethos that exists throughout the community development network.”


"Both rural Local Development (LEADER) companies and urban Local Development Companies are based on a ‘community-led’ model of local development, with the implementation of local development strategies and decisions on funding being made at a local level by local people. One of my Department’s key objectives in respect of community development is to improve the quality of life and welfare of our communities, with a particular focus on those communities that are vulnerable or disadvantaged."


“Having recently met with the Irish Local Development Network, we have agreed to work collectively to ensure the benefits LEADER has provided to communities can be sustained into the future. My vision is for a more coordinated and integrated local development model, with local government working together in partnership with local development companies and other stakeholders to deliver a more integrated approach to programme delivery.  Local development companies will have a key role in the new governance and programme implementation arrangements.”


“I welcome constructive dialogue between all parties at local level, which will pave the way for a timely introduction of the new LEADER programme.  I look forward to working with all key stakeholders in a constructive manner over the coming months.”


“As Minister, I will be ensuring my Department will be taking a pro-active approach to ensure constructive early engagement between the local authorities and local development companies so that the necessary positive changes can be implemented as soon as possible.”


ILDN Chairman, John Walsh said: “There are 50 Local Development Companies in Ireland, both in rural and urban settings. While today we are showcasing our rural development work, our non-profit organisations deliver a range of other programmes that support the long-term unemployed, tackle poverty and social exclusion and assist enterprise creation.“


“We are delighted that the Minister has come here today to show his support for the work of Local Development Companies. Local Development Companies are a unique example of the community-led, bottom-up approach to local development. LDCs have been deeply rooted in their communities for the last 25 years, and we are heartened that the Minister has demonstrated his support for the continuation of our work here today. We look forward to working together and building on this relationship into the future.”

Donegal’s uPilot Teoranta scoop top prize at inagural Enterprise Awards

Share: Posted on June 25 2014

Congratulations to the ILDN Border Region for organising the first ever ILDN Regional Enterprise Award ceremony.


The Border Regional Enterprise Awards were initiated by the 7 Local Development Companies in the border region (Donegal, Inishowen, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth). They were designed to highlight the significant achievements of enterprises started by unemployed people with the support of their Local Development Company under the Department of Social Protections Back to Work schemes. Under these schemes Local Development Companies supported 13,753 individuals nationwide into self-employment between 2010 and 2012. 

Sponsored by Microfinance Ireland, the inaugural ILDN Regional Enterprise Award winners were announced by Mr John Perry, Minister of State Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with special responsibility for Small Business and were presented by Norma Smurfit who is on the board of Microfinance Ireland. 


The first, second and third placed businesses received a crystal trophy and a cheque for €1,250, €1,000 and €750 respectively. The overall winner on the night was Donegal based business, uPilot Teoranta, which designs, manufactures and operates aircraft simulators. Second place went to Eve McCabe and Claire McAleer, who operate the Crafty Kidz crèche in Monaghan town. Clare Hamill’s Puddleduck Produce, based in Castleblayney, came third.


Brendan O’Reilly,   Chief Executive, Breffni Integrated and ILDN said “In my view every one of the twenty one companies represented here tonight are winners. They all have had different business experiences and challenges and we were delighted to be able to support them to set up their own business. I know that they have all worked very hard to get to where they are tonight, nominated for a prestigious award.


“There are 50 Local Development Companies operating throughout the country and now their representative organisation, the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN), is championing the recognition of enterprise creation in the border region through this business awards initiative with the possibility of a roll out of a national award in 2015.


Terry Hyland, Enterprise Officer, Breffni Integrated Ltd said “In the period 2010 to 2012 thirty thousand unemployed individuals sought self-employment supports from Local Development Companies while 13,753 actually progressed into self-employment.  As such we in the ILDN represent a large section of business start-ups in Ireland who unfortunately suffer from a lack of state provided supports or access to mainstream funding channels due to their size and business type which are typically services orientated”.


“These awards were conceived by the ILDN   members based in the border region to highlight the success of the self-employment supports and to applaud the achievements of those who were supported.”


The 21 Nominated Companies were:

Pamela Tracey - Cavan  High Style
Jason O'Reilly - Cavan  AJ Team Products
Colin Cassidy - Cavan  Cassidy Monumentals
Diarmaid Whoriskey - Donegal DLDC Rathmore Mechanical Services Ltd
Iain Miller - Donegal DLDC Unique Ascent Outdoor Adventure Company
JP Boyle & Kevin Boyle - Donegal DLDC uPilot Teoranta
Eilish Grant - Inishowen Grant Apparel Ltd (Clubman), The
Hugh Doherty - Inishowen Iconic Flowers Ltd
Jonathan Doherty & Christopher Lynch - Inishowen Efficient Heating & Plumbing  (EHP)
Michelle Bell - Leitrim  Manor Fitness
Adrienne Diamond - Leitrim  Adventure Gently’
M Henderson - Leitrim  Pheonix Minerva’
Eleanor Wogan - Louth  Work Wise
Lloyd Fay & Colin Berrill - Louth  Phone Station
Bronagh Gorman - Louth  Feathered Beauty
Eve Mc Cabe & Claire Mc Aleer - Monaghan Crafty Kidz
Claire Hamill - Monaghan Puddleduck Produce
Roisin McCardle Monaghan Aer Talent Ltd
Gussy Langan - Sligo  GL Engineering
Jonathan Davey - Sligo  Farmyard in Your School Yard
Lisa and Joanne Cullen - Sligo  SASTA

ILDN calls for only national social inclusion & anti-poverty programme budget to be increased

Share: Posted on June 20 2014

The ILDN has called on the Government to increase the budget of the only national social inclusion and anti poverty programme in the State; SICAP.


The call was made in their pre-budget submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.


As part of the National Reform Programme, Ireland has made a commitment to reduce consistent poverty to 4% by 2016 and to 2% or less by 2020. Despite these commitments, the funding for social inclusion has been cut by 42% since 2009, while the rates of poverty, deprivation, and social exclusion in Ireland continue to rise,


In their pre-budget submission the ILDN evidence why more investment is required in social inclusion and anti-poverty measures.


Read the pre-budget submission in full here.

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