I believe that the work of Pobal is of great importance in promoting social inclusion in Ireland today. Through the programmes, which we manage on behalf of Government Departments, we contribute to the inclusive and sustainable development of diverse communities throughout the country and in particular those communities in disadvantaged areas. Our work contributes to the enablement of these communities to play their part in building an active, vibrant, economically sound and inclusive society and to participate in and achieve the targets set out by Government.
Over the course of our 25 years, Pobal has evolved in response to government priorities, while remaining dedicated to supporting communities and civic society in responding to local needs. The Board and staff are committed to supporting Government in its work to make Ireland a fairer place to live for all of our communities.
As Chairperson of the Board of Pobal, I would like to commend the commitment and dedication to Pobal and community development of each Director of the Board, who give their time freely for no monetary compensation.