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DECLARATION OF SUPPORT FOR IRISH LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES

The Irish Local Development Network  (ILDN)
The Irish Local Development Network (ILDN)
9,797 Signatures Goal: 10,000


We wish to support the continuation of the role of the 50 existing, experienced Local Development Companies in Ireland as;


1. The designated organisation to design and deliver our Local Development Strategies to be submitted to the Irish Government for budgets under the LEADER and Local Community (& Activation) Development Programmes 2014-2020


2. The designated contract holder (EU ‘Local Action Group’ Status) for the above named funds and for a range of other related funding streams


3. The decision maker for all funds assigned to the Local Development Companies to be invested in local communities, enterprises and initiatives based on their Integrated Local Development Strategies.


In this critical time of economic transition and weakening social cohesion, we believe that job creation and the protection of employment,developing innovative practices to support entrepreneurship, small local business and innovative joint ventures, engaging positively with people without meaningful employment, and developing the capacity of our communities to work inclusively, are essential factors in the seeking to achieve a sustainable, dynamic, caring future.


We acknowledge the role that Local (Partnership) Development Companies play in the delivery of these objectives through their local, bottom-up decision making structures, their skilled and knowledgeable staff, enabling communities to address participation, inclusion and challenges in terms of providing effective services, and their ability to forge effective long-term relationships with a range of public and private stakeholders to create an independent, trusted local platform of support for a range of beneficiaries.


You can find out more about what these changes will mean by visiting; www.ildn.ie/news

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March 24
As a former Director of the Office for Social Inclusion I can testify to the excellent, innovative services provided by these development companies and the major contribution they are making to social inclusion
March 24
Local development companies are essential for Ireland´s economic recovery and are key to ensuring that we pursue a model of economic development that is more balanced, fairer and more sustainable. Local Development Companies are engines of volunteerism, and have enabled communities to make real and positive changes, thereby improving quality of life, generating new economic activities, providing new services and protecting the environment. The lessons from the demise of the celtic tiger teach us that economic prosperity and social progress do not derive from an unregulated free market or reigniting the property market, but need to be driven and directed from the bottom-up, and local development companies are essentail in this respect. Moreover, local development companies are the bedrock of participative democracy in Ireland, and serve to engage people in local decision-making in ways that the state apparatus cannot do. Therefore, the present model must be retained, but furthermore, it needs to be strengthened so that LAGs / Partnerships have greater flexibility, can be more innovative and can respond more readily to local needs and potential, rather than centralised dictats. Their excellent value for money and the track record of LAGs in creating jobs, fostering enterprise, supporting communities, enabling people and promoting social inclusion is unrivaled. Moreover, their openess and transparency offer models that others ought to replicate.
  • carmel moran
    carmel moran Ireland, Wexford
    Aug 11, 2015
    Aug 11, 2015
    rural communities and smaller urban centres depend on the initiatives that the LDC's support, foster and nurture
  • Jason Browne
    Jason Browne Ireland, Dublin
    Jul 02, 2015
    Jul 02, 2015
    WLD has provided great support to me and also to a number of my friends.
  • Michael Boyd
    Michael Boyd Ireland, Letterkenny
    Jun 23, 2015
    Jun 23, 2015
    Imperative for Developing Local Enterprise
  • Louise Keane
    Louise Keane Ireland
    May 20, 2015
    May 20, 2015
    WLD are playing an integral part in the supporting the development and growth of Wexford throughs its various initiatives and training the
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    Jason Browne Ireland
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    Michael Boyd Ireland
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    Mark Day
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