Following much deliberation, the ILDN Council have decided to withdraw from the Alignment Working Group.
This was a very difficult decision to make, however despite our very best efforts to reach an agreement, we felt we were left with no choice but to withdraw.
More details to follow.
Clare Local Development Co. Public Meeting on Alignment, Monday, April 28th @ 6pm, West County Hotel
The future of Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) is under threat. Minister Phil Hogan’s Alignment proposals will carve up the LEADER programme for delivery by a number of organisations, including the Local Authority.
If LEADER does not remain intact, CLDC will not be viable and will not survive. All of the other programmes that we deliver depend on the core funding that LEADER and the Local Community Development Programme provide. Tús, the Rural Social Scheme, our six Local Training Initiatives and our Community Employment Scheme cannot exist on their own and will also be lost. This year 382 people in the
county are depending on these services for training and work placement.
The Board and staff of Clare Local Development Company, invite you to a public meeting on: Monday April 28th at 6.00pm in the West County Hotel, Ennis.
The purpose of the meeting is to:
Explain what Alignment is
Explain what is likely to happen in Co. Clare
Hear what our politicians have to say
Hear what you have to say
Key decisions will be made by the Minister and his Department in the coming weeks. A strong show of public support for CLDC and community led development in Clare is needed at this time.
Avondhu Blackwater Partnership has serious concerns in connection with proposed local government reforms, which would see local authorities take control of the LEADER Programme and the Local and Community Development Programme. This action will also threaten the future delivery of programmes including the Rural Social Scheme, TUS and Community Connect.
The proposals from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to align local government with local development form part of a programme for Local Government Reform. There are many positive actions within these proposals and Avondhu Blackwater Partnership will continue to support positive reform. However, we have serious reservations that the model being pursued will lead to the loss of valuable skills and expertise built up amongst the Local Development Companies voluntary Board of Directors and our staff. This would certainly impact negatively on service provision and direct supports to local communities.
Over the last 20 years Avondhu Blackwater Partnership has worked tirelessly in partnership with communities to combat disadvantage through the delivery of a range of programmes that assist the long-term unemployed, combat social exclusion and poverty, offer training and education so people can develop their skills and deliver community development infrastructure and economic growth for the region.
Please show your support by attending our Public Meetings which will be held in;
Fermoy: Tuesday, April 15th, 8.00pm, Fermoy Community Youth Centre.
Mallow: Wednesday, April 16th, 8.00pm, Hibernian Hotel.
Ballyhoura Development holding showcase rallies in East Limerick & North East Cork 11th & 14th April
Ballyhoura Development is holding 2 showcase rallies to highlight the achievements of individuals, groups and businesses supported by Ballyhoura Development and to explain current policy and the potential challenges to the retention of current services offered by Ballyhoura Development.
These showcase rallies will inform communities and citizens on what the changes will mean to them and look at what can be done to support the services delivered by Ballyhoura Development. Ballyhoura Development is encouraging and urging everyone in the East Limerick and North East Cork area to attend one of these showcase rallies so that they are aware of the current policy proposals and their implications.
The showcase rallies take place at 7.30pm on:
• Friday 11th April: Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile
• Monday 14th April: Cappamore Community Centre, Cappamore
Community Groups from throughout South Kerry are once again holding a series of public meetings over the coming weeks in support of the retention in its current format of South Kerry Development Partnership.
The first of these public meeting took last Wednesday with over 150 people attending a meeting in Cahersiveen with similar crowds the following evening in Kenmare.
Another meeting takes place tonight, Tuesday, April 8th in the Travel Inn Hotel, Fossa at 8pm.
The final in these series of meetings will take place tomorrow, and due to the large crwods turning out so far, the location has been changed to St. Michaels Church Hall on the Iveragh Road. The meeting will start as planned at 8pm.
The meetings, being organised by the Community Directors on the Board of South Kerry Development Partnership (SKDP) are aimed at highlighting the widespread opposition that exists in the region to Minister Phil Hogan’s proposals on alignment which would effectively see the implementation of some of the key programmes operated through the partnership, such as LEADER and the LCDP coming under new LCDC committees. The running of these programmes on the ground in the future would then be put out to tender with no guarantee that those who would win the tender would have any local knowledge, contacts or experience. The communities fear that this would result in a greatly reduced level of services with a focus being placed on the profits of the tenderer rather than on the wellbeing of rural communities.
Community Director from the greater Killarney area and chairperson of the SKDP Board Sheila Casey said that the current system that is in place for the delivery of these programmes through the Partnership companies has been shown to deliver strong value for money and strong benefits for the communities involved.
“The delivery of LEADER in Ireland is seen as best practice in Europe and the EU is actively seeking to integrate the delivery of their programmes on the ground” she pointed out.
Instead of this, the current proposals would see the fragmentation of the delivery of these programmes affecting the most isolated and vulnerable communities along the west coast and flies in the face of the wishes of Europe” Sheila added. The communities in South Kerry and indeed throughout the country have benefited greatly from the work of the partnerships and they will fight to retain them Sheila said
These meetings are a follow on from a large public meeting held in Killorglin last year at which more than 300 people voiced their anger and opposition to these proposals to most of Kerry’s politicians.
A national on line petition to protest at these proposals has also been set up at : http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-local-development-companies to highlight the level of opposition to these proposals amongst the communities.
Minister Hogan speaking the weekend before last said that Ireland was now a nation of broadband and mobile phones and not the horse and cart therefore there was no need to have multiple offices in each county.
“That might be so in Dublin 4 but it is not the case in Rural Ireland and local communities will fight to retain their vital services that enable them survive in the face of such ill though out and irrational proposals currently being put forward by the Minister” Sheila concluded.
South and East Cork Area Development ‘Showcase’ Monday, 7th April @ 12 noon in Rochestown Park Hotel
South and East Cork Area Development Ltd. (SECAD) are hosting a ‘Showcase’ on the 7th April 2014 at 12 noon in the Rochestown Park Hotel.
The 'Showcase' will include a major exhibition of SECAD Supported Enterprises, Employment Initiatives, Amenities and Facilities, Community Placements, Networks and Men/Women & Youth Focused Programmes and Projects.
This ‘showcase’ will be centred around the people of South and East Cork; who will be encoured to share their experiences of working with SECAD and any impact on their personal lives, businesses or communities that they have experienced as a result of our interactions or interventions.
Minister Simon Coveney, TD will launch SECAD’s Impact Report 2010-2013.
Many will know ‘some’ of what a Local Development Company like SECAD is delivering, managing or hosting. The aim on the day is to inform attendees about ‘all’ of the work that SECAD supports and delivers.
SECAD will also be actively seeking people’s views about the focus for the future. What is your hope and vision for the area in the coming years? What will be the major challenges and opportunities in achieving this vision? What role (strategies) you believe SECAD could have in overcoming these challenges and realising these opportunities? How would you contribute in supporting SECAD to deliver these strategies in the coming years?
All are welcome to listen, learn and share with people from every part of SECAD’s area and to help them in beginning the process of building a vision for the future.
Please show your support for your Local Development Company (LDC) and sign our petition today.
We want to ensure that the decades of experience LDCs have is not lost and that they can continue to deliver services to their communities. LDCs assist the long-term unemployed, they offer training and education to those looking to improve their skills, they tackle poverty and social exclusion, and they do all this all in conjunction with their local communities through their community-led, bottom-up approach to local development.
Local government reforms however, could see all this good work lost forever, so please pledge your support to your Local Development Company to ensure local communities continue to receive the supports they need and deserve,