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Donegal Local Community Development Committee

Information on Donegal Local Community Development Committee can be accessed via the below links:

 

Background Information

 

In October 2012, the Government published a document entitled Putting People First which set out recommendations for the alignment of local government and local development. These changes aimed to:

 

  • provide a more central coordinating role for local government in local and community development;
  • achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in local and community development programming; and
  • improve the delivery of services for citizens and communities.

 

Legislation based on the recommendations came into effect on June 1st 2014 under Part 6 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014.   The first meeting of the Donegal Local Community Development Committee took place on the 1st July 2014 and meetings continue to take place on a bi-monthly basis.    

 

The Role of the LCDC

 

Donegal Local Community Development Committee works in partnership to:

  • prepare the community elements of a 6-year Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP),
  • coordinate, manage and oversee the implementation of local and community development programmes, 
  • coordinate local and community development activity in Donegal with the aim of reducing overlaps, avoiding duplication and improving the targeting of resources.

 

Donegal LCDC Membership

 

Local Community Development Committees are made up of public and private sector members, including local authority members and officials, State agencies, private sector and local and community development representatives.

  

The LCDC receives administrative and technical support from Donegal County Council. The Chief Officer, assigned by the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council to support and assist this committee in the exercise of its functions is Paddy Doherty, Divisional Manager, Community & Enterprise Division.  The key function of the Chief Officer is to work jointly with the Chairperson to provide guidance and strategic direction for the LCDC.  Donegal LCDC is made up of 19 members as follows:

Seamus Neely, Chairperson 

Cllr Martin McDermott,

Vice Chairperson

Alan O'Baoid

Anne McHugh

James O'Donnell

Cllr Maire Therese Gallagher

Emmett Johnston

Cllr Niamh Kennedy

 Jan Feenstra

Jim Slevin

Anthony Doogan

Susan McLoughlin

Susan McCauley

  Martin McBride

Michael Tunney

   Maire O'Leary

Paul Hannigan

  PJ Hannon
 

Noreen Muldowney

   

  

Donegal LCDC Meetings

 

Donegal LCDC Meetings take place every two months and are held in County House, Lifford.   The adopted minutes of the LCDC meetings can be found below:

 

2014 Meetings

LCDC Minutes 01.07.2014

LCDC Minutes 02.09.2014

LCDC Minutes 01.10.2014

LCDC Minutes 11.11.2014

LCDC Minutes 02.12.2014

 

 

2015 Meetings

LCDC Minutes 02.02.2015

LCDC Minutes 31.03.2015

LCDC Minutes 27.05.2015

LCDC Minutes 09.07.2015

LCDC Minutes 30.09.2015

LCDC Minutes 22.12.2015

 

2016 Meetings

LCDC Minutes 22.02.2016

LCDC Minutes 25.04.2016

LCDC Minutes 21.06.2016

LCDC Minutes 29th July 2016

LCDC Minutes 20.09.16

LCDC Minutes 29.11.16

 

  

2017 Meeting Schedule

 

Date

Time

Venue

Tuesday, 7th February 2017

2pm

Donegal County Council Headquarters

Tuesday, 4th April 2017

2pm

Donegal County Council Headquarters

Tuesday, 16th May 2017

2pm

Donegal County Council Headquarters

Tuesday, 20th June 2017

2pm

Donegal County Council Headquarters

Tuesday, 18th July 2017

2pm

Donegal County Council Headquarters

Tuesday, 19th September 2017

2pm

Donegal County Council Headquarters

Tuesday, 17th October 2017

2pm

Donegal County Council Headquarters

Tuesday, 21st November 2017

2pm

Donegal County Council Headquarters

Tuesday, 19th December 2017

2pm

Donegal County Council Headquarters

 

 

 LCDC Annual Reports

 

LCDC's are required to prepare an Annual Report by the 31st March each year and to submit the report to the local authority.  The Annual Report provides information on the performance and work of the LCDC over the previous year including achievements made and details of ongoing priority working areas.  The Donegal LCDC Annual Report was presented to the March Council Meeting as set out below.

LCDC Annual Report 2016

 

 

Current Work of the LCDC

 

The LCDC is the body with responsibility for the management, co-ordination and delivery of a number of programmes.  The current work of the LCDC includes:

 

  1. The Local Economic Community Plan (LECP)
  2. The LEADER / Rural Development Programme
  3. The Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) (insert link)

 

1.  The Local Economic Community Plan (LECP)

 

The Donegal Local Economic & Community Plan 2016- 2022 (LECP) was adopted by Donegal County Council on 25th January 2016.  It aims to promote economic development and community development in the County over the next 6 years.  The Donegal LCDC has responsibility for the oversight of the Community aspects of this Plan whilst the Economic aspects of the Plan fall under the remit of the Economic Development Committee.

 

The Donegal LECP was developed following a wide consultative process involving individuals, the community and voluntary sector, the business community, sectoral focus groups, other statutory and non- statutory organisations and the collaborative work of the LCDC and Economic Development Committee.  The result of the collaborative process undertaken is the preparation of a Partnership Plan which addresses the issues, needs and opportunities of the County across all of the sectors and which consists of a significant regional, (including cross border) dimension.

 

Aims and Objectives

 

The Vision of the Plan is stated as follows:

 

“To connect Donegal’s people and places, harness it’s economic opportunities and to achieve strong, healthy, inclusive and sustainable communities”

 

The vision underpins and connects the goals, objectives and actions of the Plan.   There are 7 priority Goals of the Plan: 

 

  1. To Develop Donegal as a Connected Place

  2. To Harness Donegal’s Natural and Human Capital

  3. To Value, Sustain and Develop Our Culture and Creative resource

  4. To Promote Sustainable, Inclusive and Healthy Communities

  5. To Develop Donegal as a Lead Region for Learning, Research and Innovation

  6. To Develop the ‘Donegal’ Brand

  7. To Promote Entrepreneurship, Investment and Enterprise

 

Each Goal has a number of linked high level objectives designed to deliver and achieve each Goal and to respond to the particular areas of priority need that have been identified.  The high level objectives will be implemented through a series of actions (see Volume 2 below) which are the primary mechanism to deliver the Goals and Objectives of the Plan by bringing forward specific measures for economic and community development at a local level.

 

The Structure of the Plan

The Plan consists of 2 Volumes and 2 Appendices:

 

 

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA)

 

Determinations have been made that (i) the LECP is not likely to have significant effects on the environment and therefore a Strategic Environmental Assessment is not required and also that; (ii) the LECP is not likely to have significant impacts on the Network of Natura 2000 Sites and therefore an Appropriate Assessment is not required.  The determinations in relation to SEA and AA can be viewed at the links below:

 

 

 2.  LEADER / Rural Development Programme (RDP)

 

The LEADER / Rural Development Programme is currently underway and will run from 2014-2020 with the aim of improving the quality of life in rural areas and to encourage diversification of economic activity in rural areas. It seeks to bring about positive change helping to support and sustain rural areas for the better.

  

The name LEADER comes from the French acronym, standing for ‘Liaison entre actions de développement de l'économie rurale’ meaning ‘links between the rural economy and development actions’.   Four previous versions of LEADER have been delivered since its launch in 1991.  The programme is a key funding pillar within the national Rural Development Programme and supports the delivery of local development actions in rural communities.  The LEADER Programmes brought about the inception of the ‘bottom-up’ approach to rural development in Ireland.

 

Aims of LEADER

 

The broad aims of LEADER are to promote the sustainable development of rural communities; to promote economic activity in rural areas and; to stimulate broader community initiatives aimed at improving the overall quality of life for rural dwellers.

The Rural Development Programme outlines a series of themes that were identified as overarching needs in rural Ireland.  These themes respond to key challenges facing rural Ireland, with regard to economic recovery, employment creation, tackling social exclusion and reducing the impact of global warming and resource depletion.  These areas are:

 

Theme

Title

Sub Themes

1

Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation

Rural Tourism

Enterprise Development

Rural Towns

Broadband

2

Social Inclusion

Basic Services targeted at Hard to Reach Communities

Rural Youth

3

Rural Environment

 

Protection and sustainable use of water resources

Protection and improvement of local biodiversity

Development of renewable energy

 

Funding Allocation

In Ireland, a total of €235m (7% of the total RDP allocation) has been allocated to LEADER for the period 2014-2020. The allocation for Donegal under LEADER 2014-2020 is €12,913,877.86.

 

LEADER is a methodology that places the rural community at its centre.  The Donegal Local Action Group (LAG) undertook to identify challenges to local development and to develop initiatives and actions to address these challenges through the Local Development Strategy.  This process comprised two stages.  Stage 1 involved the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI), to administer and deliver LEADER funding for the period 2014-2020, by Donegal LCDC led LAG.  This EOI was submitted an in May 2015 and was primarily informed and shaped by consultations with the four LEADER implementing bodies in the county; sectoral consultations and; the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) Report ‘Energising Ireland’s Rural Economy’.

 

The four implementing bodies in Donegal are:

 

  1. Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP),
  2. Údarás na Gaeltachta,
  3. Comhar na nOileán and
  4. Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC). 

 

Following the success of the EOI, the LAG was invited to progress to Stage 2 and to prepare and submit a Local Development Strategy for Donegal.  This Local Development Strategy was approved by Donegal LCDC  and by Pobal on behalf of the Department of the Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government. 

 

Targeted calls for LEADER funding in Donegal have now opened. Please find below links to the relevant Implementing Partners websites:

 

Inishowen Development Partnership 

 

Comhar na nOileán Teo

 

Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC)

 

Údarás na Gaeltachta

 

 

3.  SICAP is the new Social inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

 

This programme aims to reduce poverty, promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national engagement and collaboration.  It was rolled out on 1st April 2015 and will run until December 2017. It is the successor programme to the outgoing Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP).

 

 

Departmental Training and Guidance

Training

 

In 2015, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government commenced a series of regional information sessions for LCDC Members which aimed to deliver capacity building, provide information and offer networking opportunities to LCDC Members.  The following material, information and presentations were provided during the course of these sessions:

 

LCDC Presentation 2016

LECP Presentation April 2016

LEADER RDP Presentation 2016

PPN Presentation 2016

SICAP Presentation (2) 2016

 

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