A recently established partnership committee set up to enhance the delivery of public services throughout Limerick is playing a key role in the development of a 6-year Local Economic and Community Plan for the city and county.
The Limerick Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is working with the Economic Development, Enterprise & Planning Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) of Limerick City and County Council to deliver the strategy, which is expected to be published in December.
The Plan will feature an integrated approach to local authority community development programmes, local development programmes funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) and those funded by other Departments.
Limerick LCDC, which was set up in July 2014 under Putting People First (Government’s ‘Action Plan for Effective Local Government’)has oversight and responsibility for local development and community-related funding in Limerick. It comprises 17 members drawn from both the statutory and non public and non-statutory socio-economic partners across Limerick.
Committee Chairperson, Cllr Eddie Ryan said the work of the LCDC will be “underpinned by a collaborative approach at local and central government level to support the streamlining of local development structures, as well as to ensure more targeted resource allocation and sustainable funding arrangements for Limerick.”
“Our key focus is to make sure that the delivery of public services is carried out in a way that is responsive to specific local needs and circumstances, and that all of Limerick benefits directly from State-funded local and community development interventions. This strategic, joined-up approach to local and community development is something we believe will be of significant benefit to Limerick communities,” said Cllr. Ryan.
Speaking on behalf of Limerick City and County Council, Director of Services Josephine Cotter-Coughlan said a process of identifying actions that will strengthen and develop the economic and community sectors is underway.
Outlining the preparation of the Local Economic and Community Plan, Ms. Cotter Coughlan stated: “The local economic element of the proposed plan is being prepared and adopted by the Council’s Economic Development, Enterprise & Planning Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) while a community and local development element is being prepared and adopted by the LCDC. The integrated economic and community elements will be adopted by Limerick City and County Council later this year. As part of the overall process, it is proposed that the public will be invited to make submissions and observations in relation to the six-year plan.”
Limerick LCDC state sector representatives include Limerick City and County Council Chief Executive, Conn Murray and Councillors Eddie Ryan (Chairperson), Seamus Browne, Daniel Butler and Jerome Scanlon, Bernard Gloster (HSE), Jim Lynch (Department of Social Protection) and George O’ Callaghan (Limerick & Clare Education and Training Board).
Non Statutory Sector Representatives include Anne Kavanagh (Paul Partnership), Shay Riordan (West Limerick Resources), Carmel Fox (Ballyhoura Development), Aidan Gleeson (IFA) and Trish Forde Brennan. The community and voluntary sector members are Nuala Rennison, Cathal McCarthy, Donal Cooper and Marian Harnett.