Arrangements for the future delivery of the exchequer funded Local and Community Development Programme were confirmed by Minister for State, Dinny McGinley, as being allocated to Donegal Local Development Company. The Minister confirmed that the new arrangements had been agreed with the Board of Directors of DLDC and that the programme would be rolled out in the Gaeltacht as rapidly as is possible.
In confirming the circumstance DLDC Chairman, Jim Slevin, stated that “Donegal Local Development Company had been requested by the national programme managing agent, POBAL, to undertake the delivery of the Local and Community Development Programme in the Donegal Gaeltacht. The Board of DLDC sought confirmation on technical matters relating to the delivery of the programme from POBAL and on the strength of positive responses the Board took a firm decision to undertake the delivery of the programme in the Gaeltacht”.
Speaking on the practical operational roll out of the programme DLDC CEO, Dr. Caoimhin Mac Aoidh, stated: “There is no doubt that there is a great need for the resources of the LCDP Programme to be delivered in the Donegal Gaeltacht and as quickly as possible. At the same time, the arrangements for the practical administration of the programme as well as the need to consult with local communities will take some time to sort out. The requirement to produce a formal development strategy and plan in an extremely restricted time frame is only one of the considerable challenges. We will also need to inform local communities on the programme as well as make provision for rooting service delivery through the medium of Irish in the Gaeltacht itself”.
Dr. Mac Aoidh confirmed that a series of initial information nights on the work of DLDC in the LCDP programme itself will begin at a public meeting in An tSean Scoil, An Charraig, on Monday week, March 12 at 8pm. Further meetings will be announced shortly in relation to An Ghaeltacht Lar, Na Rossaibh, Gaoth Dobhair and Na Dunaibh.