Thursday, July 29, 2010

Limerick CDPs' alternative model - details published here

CDPs across the country are currently integrating into the Local and Community Development Programme and some have sought to win approval for an alternative structure that better suits their communitys' needs.

The Limerick model for setting up a Citywide CDP, as looked on favourably by the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs is now available online (click here). The document gives details of the proposed new voluntary management structure and may be of interest to projects in other parts of the country considering their options.

The Limerick model proposes “that instead of ‘integrating’ Partnerships and CDP’s in Limerick city, CDPs are amalgamated into one “City CDP” thus retaining local voluntary involvement with real responsibility and a continued say in decisions affecting their community.”

Limerick CDPs are aiming to “ensure that the LCDP is delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible with the maximum participation and buy in from volunteers engaged over the years on CDP management committees.”

In Cork, CDPs have developed another alternative in co-operation with the HSE, while Women’s CDPs and Traveller CDPs are also understood to be at advanced stages in working out with the Department how a different model could work for their CDPs and their communities’ needs.

In most parts of the country, CDPs are being absorbed into Local Development Companies (aka Partnerships) and many if not most of them are likely to close down as companies.

An alternative model proposed by Donegal CDP’s was not accepted by the Department.

The Department have been clear that they want savings made in the areas of staff, HR, audit, administration and legal bills.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 launched today by Minister Carey

18 months ago, the first ten items that came up in a Google search for ‘Moyross’ were all negative in the extreme characterising the estate solely in terms of criminality and gangs.

A new website is nowadays often listed in the top three Google listings for Moyross.

At lunchtime today, July 27th, the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey, officially launched, an accompanying blog and ‘Changing Ireland’s Youtube channel which passed the 10,000 viewers mark earlier this year.

The Moyross website and blog are supported locally by ‘Changing Ireland’.
The website builds on the popularity of the local newsletter ‘Moywrites’ produced by the Community Development Network Moyross and it utilises the IT skills and media expertise of ‘Changing Ireland’ staff based in the community, at no extra cost.

Meanwhile, work by the PAUL Partnership is ongoing to develop an integrated website for community groups across Limerick City - and will in time become part of and linked with this.

CAPTION: CDN Chairperson Deirdre O'Driscoll, Minister Pat Carey and Allen Meagher, editor of 'Changing Ireland' at the launch of:

Monday, July 5, 2010


Community and social enterprise projects, if driven by the Government - could provide up to 65,000 jobs nationally, according to a report published in June, 2010, by the Task Force on Social Enterprise. You can download the full 16-page report here.
Read more on social enterprises on pages 19-21 of 'Changing Ireland' Issue 32 which features examples from Ireland, England and Scotland. As of now, that issue (our latest) is on our homepage.
Check out our upcoming Summer edition from more on Social and Community Enterprise - from how it should create jobs, to interviews with people working in Speedpak, a social enterprise company in north Dublin.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Frank Feighan is new Fine Gael spokesperson on Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs

Roscommon-based TD, Frank Feighan has been appointed Fine Gael spokesperson for Community, Equality & Gaeltachtt Affairs, as of today.
The 48-year-old from Boyle was first elected to the Dáil in May, 2007. He replaces Mayo's Michael Ring who has become the party's spokesperson on Social Protection.
Other changes to the Fine Gael front bench are published on: