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Structured dialogue with voluntary and community sector

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, told Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (SF, Cavan – Monaghan) that he would honour the commitment of the previous government to engage in structured dialogue with the Voluntary and Community Pillar, but this must take place in the new departmental, policy and financial context (Dail Eireann, Debates, 1st June 2011, 180).  There was considerable scope, he believed, to enhance the delivery and coordination of services and resources at local level, where the community sector was a key stakeholder and the dialogue would take account of the community sector’s central role and relationship with the state, local government, local development and other social partner members.

Later, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, told the Dail that he and his minister of state Willie Penrose had met with a number of local development companies and social inclusion practitioners in the voluntary and community sector to discuss sustainable communities, poverty and social exclusion (Dail Eireann, Debates, 22nd June 2011, 436).  They were Kilkenny LEADER; the Irish Council for Social Housing; COPE Women’s Refuge, Galway; Limerick Regeneration, Focus Ireland, the Simon Community, the Irish Traveller Movement, Roscommon Integrated Development, Atlantic View Community Development Project, Donegal Local Development, Respond and the Irish Local Development Network.