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LCDP staff after alignment

The future of staff in the Local Community Development Programme (LCDP) as part of the alignment process was raised by Eric Byrne (Lab, Dublin SC)(Dail Eireann, Debates, 3rd October 2013, 702-4).  His constituency colleague, Joan Collins (PBP, Dublin SC) likewise demanded that the voices of these workers be heard.  Some of them in the 50 development companies had worked 20 years in the field and they should be involved in the negotiations on what the future held.  Responding, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan told them that the Irish Local Development Network had three places on the working group advising his department on the implementation of the alignment process.  Local development companies were private independent companies and his department had no role in their internal operations or employment matters.  These companies would have a continuing role. Alignment would not drive cuts to programme funding but would sustain local community development services through more efficient, effective and joined-up structures.  The voluntary and community sector will have full engagement in the process once the round with the working group was completed in the next two or three weeks.  When further challenged about staff negotiations, he told them  that the working group was about the structures, not about union negotiations, but his department had met SIPTU and brought it up to date.


When asked by Maureen O’Sullivan (ind, Dublin C) about Dublin, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan told her that the Dublin Inner City Partnership had not been funded by Pobal since April 2010 because of concerns over financial controls and procedures and non-compliance with requirements for programme accountability.  For 2013, his department had committed €1.4m to community development groups in the city.  The delivery of the Local and Community Development Programme in Dublin would be considered in the context of the new arrangements for local government reform (Dail Eireann, Debates, 8th October 2013, 279-80).