CEO Launches Irish Local Development Network Social Enterprise Report
17 June 2016
A new report which analyses the role and impact of social enterprise in Ireland was launched today by Pobal CEO, Denis Leamy. The launch took place at the University of Limerick’s Kemmy Business School.
The report was compiled by the Irish Local Development Network and authored by Dr. Briga Hynes. It considers the current environment for social enterprise in Ireland and makes a series of recommendations.
The report finds that although social enterprises remain important social and economic drivers, it can be difficult to demonstrate the benefits they provide.
Some of the other conclusions contained in the report are:
  • Legal, governance and compliance challenges are common factors for social enterprises.
  • There are calls for funding frameworks to be simplified and administrative procedures streamlined.
  • Six areas of recommendation are identified to inform a more dedicated social enterprise policy.
Pobal CEO, Denis Leamy said
“This piece of research confirms the valuable role which Local Development Companies play in supporting social enterprise schemes in their communities.
Local Development Companies continue to foster enterprise, help job creation and promote civic prosperity. They remain central to delivering social cohesion and building sustainable communities. I believe that the findings of this report will contribute to their on-going work and development.”
Grant assistance to social enterprises is allocated through a variety of programmes such as the Community Services Programme, which is funded by the Department of Social Protection and managed by Pobal and the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) which is funded by The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and supported by Pobal. Other funding for Social Enterprise comes through the Dormant Accounts Fund and the Leader programme.