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LCDP Contact Information

Contact: General Enquiries


Telephone: 01 511 7000

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   Local Development Company Contacts

Toni McCaul

SECAD Partnership

SECAD is working with relevant agencies through our agreed 3 year LCDP Strategic Plan to address key gaps and shortfalls. The LCDP enables us to tackle challenges in a meaningful way in particular by way of being able to provide access training and pathway programme for unemployed people.

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Midleton Community Enterprise Centre
Gerry Coffey


The support from the LCDP was vital in the initial stages of setting up our community garden. Community workers need to be on the ground serving communities and local volunteers.

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Nenagh Community Garden

North Tipperary Leader Partnership (NTLP)

Programme Delivery

    The programme is delivered through Local Development Companies (LDCs). LDCs have a track record of up to twenty years of delivering innovative responses to social inclusion issues and with the additional support of Community Development Programme resources, are best placed to respond to the local needs of the community.

    Each company has, through consultation and planning with the local community, translated the goals above into a series of local objectives and actions. Each year actions such as life-long learning initiatives, employment supports and other community-based initiatives will be delivered, embedded within effective strategies to reduce social exclusion and consistent poverty in the locality. In many cases LDCs will carry out actions themselves, using dedicated LCDP resources. In other cases, LDCs will lead or operate within wider partnerships of local organisations.

    Pobal has responsibility for managing implementation and monitoring of the LCDP on behalf of the Department. Pobal’s assessment processes examine the extent to which LDC work will target cumulative disadvantage and those at greatest risk of social exclusion through the Programme.

    Programme Principles

      The distinctive contribution of the LCDP can be expressed in a set of overarching principles:

      • Prioritising marginalised people and social groupings within the most disadvantaged communities, targeting those furthest from access to education, training and employment, and those at highest risk of social exclusion;
      • Promoting active and constructive engagement between the State and disadvantaged communities about the development and enactment of public policy priorities at local level;
      • Fostering integrated and coordinated work in disadvantaged communities by bringing together people, groups, agencies, voluntary and statutory bodies to make a positive difference to endemic or temporary social problems and issues.

      Programme principles inform the eligibility requirements of local plans, strategies and actions that LDCs deliver.

      Programme Monitoring
        Pobal is responsible for programme monitoring. This entails:
        • Monitoring programme processes and progress;
        • Supporting the development of strategic plans and appraise (in conjunction with City/County Development Boards) activities proposed by the LDCs;
        • Confirmation that LDC work will contribute to National Programme Outcomes and can be measured using indicators defined;
        • Examining whether agreed levels of activity based on local need are delivered on;
        • Confirmation that: processes used meet programme guidelines and best practice; milestones in relation to outputs and short/ medium term outcomes are met;
        • That learning and best practice in working with those who are most at risk of social exclusion is disseminated;
        • That value for money is prioritised throughout programme implementation.
        LCDP Beneficiaries
        LCDP resources are targeted to those who are at greatest risk of social exclusion. In order to facilitate appropriate programme targeting, the list below identifies a number of groups who have been identified as experiencing higher than average incidence of poverty and social exclusion:

        • Individuals who are unemployed (with particular focus on the long term unemployed)
        • The underemployed (seasonal workers/ low income farm families etc)
        • Low income families
        • Disadvantaged Women
        • Disadvantaged Men
        • Lone parents
        • People with disabilities
        • Travellers
        • Disadvantaged young people
        • Early school leavers
        • Homeless people
        • Drug/ alcohol misusers
        • Offenders/ ex-offenders
        • Older people
        • Family carers
        • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
        • Non-Irish Nationals • Refugees/ Asylum seekers

        Beneficiaries supported through LCDP 2014


        Number of individuals supported (caseload)                                      
        Number of young people/children engaged with LCDP                 
        Number of local community groups supported                                 
        Beneficiaries participating in education                                              
        15,141 (unaccredited)
        Beneficiaries participating in labour market training                        
        5,193 (accredited)
        15,966 (unaccredited)
        Individuals supported into employment                                              
        Individuals supported into self-employment