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CDP’s on streets over McCarthy Clare, Cork, Limerick, Kerry & Tipp

Between 3000 (media estimate) and 6000 (official Garda estimate) marched through Limerick city in a regional Communities Against

Cuts march on November 5th. CDPs were among the lead organisations to take part.


On September 25th, Wicklow CDPs presented Minister of State John Curran with a position

Dublin: 1500 march against cuts to CDPs

paper on how cuts would hit communities. The people who made the presentation (pictured) are Jim O Brien, Joan Moorehouse, Niamh Wogan, Fran Berry, Anita Carroll and John Smith. A facebook campaign has taken off in Wicklow where over 200 people have joined a Save our CDP campaign.

On September 8th, between 1200-1500 people from 180 of the most marginalised communities across Ireland marched in protest at the Bord Snip plan to close most Community Development Projects (CDPs). Colm McCarthy’s board had recommended cuts of up to 60% to the Programme, remarking that there was “little evidence of positive outcomes” to either the Community Development Programme or the LDSIP. One woman marched with a placard reading “I am a positive outcome” and that was also the rallying cry of one of the speech-makers prior to the march. The Bord Snip comment probably did more to bring people out on the streets than anything anyone in the Community Sector said and even the main organising trade union, SIPTU, was surprised at the reaction. The march was preceded by speeches in Liberty Hall, but the turnout was overwhelming and half the people there to protest had to wait outside until the speakers had had their say. Speakers included Susan O’Neill from Limerick and Cathleen O’Neill (no relation) from Dublin and both spoke passionately about why they were there. There are only around 350 staff employed through the Programme and the march included

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a majority volunteer-to-staff ratio. As one Dublin journalist remarked, “That’s a first for Dublin”, meaning she had never before heard of employers and staff marching together. The marchers – from every county - were worried their projects might have been closed down by year’s end (although there are assurances now that no project will close until at the earliest the end of February 2010). The CDP march was accompanied by lobbying of politicians and the cuts threat has been raised in the Dail by various opposition TDs from Fine Gael’s Kieran O’Donnell to Labour’s Jack Wall and Sinn Fein’s Martin Ferris, among others. It was a symbolic march – marchers brought along a coffin and laid it at the steps of the Department of Finance. “We’re motivated by the likelihood that poor communities will be robbed of the little resources they have to keep the banks afloat,” remarked Cathleen O’Neill, one of the speakers on the day. The campaign has continued to gather pace locally, from Wicklow to Donegal, Sligo to Kerry and so on.


CDPs succeeded in getting Cork City Council to pass a motion supporting their case. A number of local authorities around the country have pledged their support to CDPs and indeed FRCs and the wider Communities Against Cuts campaign.


Kerry County Network of People with Disabilities held a roundtable meeting with politicians on September 7th. The meeting with politicians was a follow-up to a street protest in Tralee in August attended by over 200 people. The KNPD is the most vocal of CDPs in Kerry.


Voluntary management committees of all nine CDPs in Co. Donegal held a public meeting on October 19th to outline their work to elected representatives, state agencies’ staff, and local media.


CDPs in the North-West marched in Sligo on November 6th.



Hot in Issue 30/31: bumper Double Issue Community Development Programme to end after 20 years/ 180 projects: facing wind-up in 2010/ New Pro...


Hot in Issue 30/31: bumper Double Issue Community Development Programme to end after 20 years/ 180 projects: facing wind-up in 2010/ New Pro...