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Local development and alignment

Several members raised the future of local development partnerships.  Paschal Mooney (FF, agricultural) asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government would he come to the Seanad to discuss his proposals for the abolition of local development companies (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 4th December 2012, 254).  He had become a convert to the idea of local development partnerships and was afraid that the work they did in social inclusion would be lost along with the expertise that had been built up over the past decade, were they to be merged with the local authorities.  It was later announced that the minister would indeed come to the house, on 22nd January, for a debate on local government reform.

 

Later, the minister, Phil Hogan, told Barry Cowen (FF, Laois Offaly) that it was his intention that the expertise and experience of local development companies be retained in the new structures (Dail Eireann, Debates, 19th December 2012, 822-3).  The alignment report had recognized the strengths of local development companies in such areas as service planning and delivery.  Key stakeholders had been invited to participate on an alignment implementation group.

> Additional reference: Dail Eireann, Debates, 4th December 2012, 2-3.