Local Development Companies (LDCs) from Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo met last week to discuss their concerns over the proposed local government reforms which will see the alignment of local government with local development.
At the meeting, seven Local Development Companies operating in the border region noted their huge concern for the operations of local development companies and the delivery of locally focussed development initiatives.
Over the last number of decades, LDCs have worked throughout their communities to combat disadvantages through the delivery of a range of programmes that assist the long-term unemployed, combat social exclusion, assist people in creating their own business and offer training to develop skills.
The proposed reforms will see the two core programmes delivered by LDCs; the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) and the Rural Development Programme (RDP) LEADER, transfer to the local authorities, which the group say “will impact negatively on the delivery of services on the ground.”
Chairman of Leitrim Development, Pat Monahan told the Leitrim Observer that the changes had the potential to be very damaging.
“I am very concerned that the transfer of these two important programmes to the Local Authority will reduce the service given to the people and communities in the county”
He is calling “on Minister Hogan to ensure that there is a strong and meaningful role for local development companies in the new arrangements.”