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Donegal CDPs must be retained – Doherty

2 December, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sports, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs today, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has appealed to the government to cease plans to rationalise Community Development Programmes (CDPs) into a single body. Senator Doherty said this, along with the cessation of money to a number of CDPs would have far-reaching effects on the future of these important local projects.

He said:

“Community Development Projects are a community owned, community led, grass roots movement which support the most disadvantaged individuals, families and communities to articulate their needs and to become actively involved in developing strategies to have those needs addressed.

“The nine CDPs in Donegal work tirelessly to deal with local issues, providing resources and are the life-blood of the community.

“Budget 2009 saw a cut of 15% on Community Development Projects. The proposed amalgamation of the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme and the Community development programme would have a massive impact on community initiatives across the state not least in Donegal.

“The proposed move has been described by those involved in Community development Projects as an attempt to effectively dismantle community ownership of the projects, reduce the role of management to advisory and run the risk of losing the trust and participation of the most disadvantaged in our society.

“Projects like the nine in Donegal are crucial for the viability and future growth of our communities. Without them the very heart of our communities will be ripped out.

“Community Development Projects truly are the People’s Projects. At a time when communities are facing cutback after cutback, unemployment and many other hardships, Community Development Projects should be kept paramount.” ENDS

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