Ó Domhnaill Accuses Minister Hogan of lack of consultation on delivery of Community Services

New System for administering Local Development Funds Jeopardise excellent Community Work

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has slammed the Government for rejecting a Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion (PMB) in the Dáil last night (Wednesday 4th June) aimed at defending the partnership ethos at local development companies.

Speaking from Leinster House this morning the Donegal Senator said; “The Minister for the Environment has provided a total lack of consultation and transparency in the delivery of community services. There has been a lack of meaningful consultation and transparency to date in the change process for the delivery of Local Community Services, including the LEADER Programme.”

Ó Domhnaill commented; “Instead of simplifying the process and streamlining the delivery structures, the Minister is adding further layers of bureaucracy, which is creating employment uncertainty. There is also a danger of contract work done locally being lost to large multinational companies with no root in the local areas. The previous Government set up a simple streamlining system to include vital social inclusion programmes such as LEADER, TÚS, the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) etc. The system had a very good community buy-in and it was working efficiently. Rather than bu8ilding on this solid foundation and further streamlining where possible, the Minister has changed the whole system and therefore put the whole work of the programmes in jeopardy.”

“The Department has recently gone to tender for the social inclusion programme, it has very large terms of reference and also has conditions that excludes existing companies from tendering. The Department has not even clarified the breakdown of the areas in which there programmes will be decided for each successful tenderer.”

“Fianna Fáil is calling on Minister Hogan to stop this process immediately and to refer the whole reorganisations of the delivery of community based programmes to the Oireachtas Committee on Environment, in particular the terms of the proposed tender document recent issued by Pobal on behalf of the Department.”

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Posted: Jun 5, 2014     |     Categories: Uncategorized