The Irish Local Development Network CLG (ILDN) is the representative body for Ireland’s Local Development Companies (LDCs). These 49 not-for-profit groups are building inclusive, vibrant communities and better life chances for people in every part of Ireland.
They assist communities and disadvantaged persons/groups with personal development and well-being, social inclusion, employment training and placement, enterprise and social enterprise, community development, environment and climate action.
With 2,100 employees on the ground, supporting 15,000 community groups and 170,000 individuals through €300+ million of programmes, each year, the ILDN membership is the largest Community Development/Anti-Poverty Network in the state.
Programmes include LEADER, Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme, Local Employment Service, Jobs Clubs, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance,Tús, Rural Social Scheme, social enterprise, Rural Recreation, Walks Scheme, health, mental health and social prescribing, environmental management and climate action.
Irish Local Development Network supports Local Development Companies through policy development and research; HR supports; training; representation to funders and policymakers; internal and external communications; widespread networking fora; membership of government and civil society committees, consultative bodies or working groups; group procurement, Garda Vetting etc.
ILDN is governed by a 14-person voluntary Board comprising Chairpersons and CEOs of Local Development Companies from six regions across the country. The Company also meets in Council comprising all 49 Chairpersons and CEOs several times annually. The ILDN main office is based in Limerick from where it serves all 49 members.
The ILDN Chairperson is Jim Finn, the Manager is Joe Saunders and the Administrator is Tanya Higgins-Carey.