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McCARTHY: CDPs TAKE TO THE STREETS Media and politicians

on CDPs

“I’d like to ask the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan, ‘Are you going to cut those salaries (politicians, university heads, senior civil servants, executives in state agencies) by the same percentage that you’re going to cut the Community Development Programme?’ Many of these people are on €200,000 per annum.” - Ailbhe Smyth, feminist activist, academic and member of People Before Profit on Newstalk, Oct 15th, ‘09 “The recent cuts in supports for local and community development projects compromise the ability to harness local

CDPs: Take 7 in Limerick

Since 1996, the seven CDPs in Limerick have directly employed 53 people with over half from the communities themselves; assisted 66 others with work experience and provided practical services to 6,000 people. It also assisted 1,000 adults to participate in education and training; distributed €200,000 to support 350 third level students; trained 200 volunteers and facilitated around 2,000 days of volunteer work. To take one example of the work, from Our Lady of Lourdes CDP: “We provide one to one help on a regular basis,” said project co-ordinator Ann Bourke. “We also provide bursaries for third level students. In my centre, in the middle of the community in Clarina Park, we’ve had people coming to the door shocked that the service might be cut. We do everything from reading a letter (to someone who cannot read and will not ask anyone they know) to working with local groups to getting basic information for people.”

enterprise and innovation which is more vital now than ever.” - Dermot Leavy, Chairman of the Rural Science Association at the Association’s Annual Conference earlier this year “These facilities often open on a Sunday and are used by people at all times of the day and night. They are of benefit to the entire community. We will only survive current difficulties if communities pull together.” - Jack Wall, TD


“These projects are real lifelines in communities.” - Sybil Mulcahy, presenter, TV3

“CDPs help the most vulnerable people in society by providing childcare, meals on wheels and drug rehabilitation services.” - Irish Examiner, Sept 8th, ‘09

“There is no doubt that (CDPs) are very good value for money but also they are an essential fabric to the communities they are working in.” - Sara Burke, health correspondent, RTE radio “The closure of Finglas Parents Alone Support Service (CDP) would have a devastating knock-on effect on local residents and the wider community.” - Dublin People newspaper

Take 3 in the Border Region South West Cavan CDP currently supports over 60 groups over an area of 200 sq. miles, which takes the areas of Crosserlough, Ballymachugh, Mullahoran, Denn and parts of Lower Lavey and Ballintemple. Community Connections CDP currently run and support a wide range of programmes in North Leitrim, West Cavan & West Fermanagh, all rural areas, including work with the North Leitrim and West Cavan Carers Group, intergenerational projects between Active Age groups and local schools, and anti-racism and cultural diversity awareness programme for young people where groups link with multicultural organisations and use art & sport as tools for change; community gardening, cookery courses for men and youth advocacy skills training. The North Leitrim

“We’re getting calls from all over the country. I never knew there were so many CDPs.” - Joe Duffy, RTE Radio 1

Women’s Centre in Manorhamilton currently runs a range of training and development courses for women, along with a drop-in centre, computer training and access, the Well Woman clinic and a domestic violence awareness programme. All three projects say they are well-used sources for information, advice and skill-sharing.

And 1 in the South-East ‘If our funding is stopped it’s like the infrastructure of the community is gone,” says Catherine Brazil, Co-ordinator of the FAB (Ferndale, Ashfield, Belvedere) CDP in Wexford town. FAB CDP provides childcare, youth work, education and training, among its supports. The local Garda Juvenile Liaison Officer recently told the project that thanks to their work the number of young offenders from the Coolcotts area dropped significantly in recent years.

South-West CDPs held a press conference in Cork on December 4th. Meanwhile, in Limerick city, last month, projects held a session in City Hall to demonstrate their effectiveness over the past decade. The Limerick event was held to rebutt Colm McCarthy’s claim that there was “no evidence of postive outcomes” regarding CDP and LDSIP work which offended a lot of people.




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...