Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

Local and Community Development Programme

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent)
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20. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the person or body responsible for overseeing and ensuring the delivery of the recommendations of the review of local community development committees; the steps taken to date following the publication of the report in July 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43830/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Local Community Development Committees were established in mid-2014 to bring about a more joined-up and integrated approach to local service planning and delivery. I recently approved a comprehensive review of the LCDCs which was underpinned by extensive consultation and highlighted the significant progress made since LCDCs were established.  The review also recognised a number of challenges to be addressed to secure the longer-term effectiveness of the structures. It makes a series of recommendations including securing greater cross-government buy-in; improved development and support programmes for LCDCs and their members; and strengthening and streamlining administrative supports.

Implementation of the LCDC review recommendations is included as an action in the recently published Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities; A five year strategy for the community and voluntary sector in Ireland 20179-2024.  My Department is identified as the body with lead responsibility for its implementation, with Local Government, other Government Departments and the Community & Voluntary sector all having a part to play.

My Department has begun the implementation of the review recommendations, recently initiating a process of engagement with other Government Departments to promote more cross government commitment to the LCDCs. In addition, the first national networking event for LCDCs  will take place on 9 November and will look at leadership including in the context of Climate Action.   

Additional funding will be provided in 2020 to support LCDCs in line with the recommendations of the review.


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