Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Housing; Planning; Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney, his plans to support the provision of local community and social, infrastructure and services in Dublin 5 and Dublin 13 including the newer North Fringe region. Deputy Broughan has been frustrated at the lack of supports for local services and has been representing a number of organisations in relation to sourcing appropriate premises, funding or other vital supports.
In a reply to Deputy Broughan’s Parliamentary Question, the Minister stated that “The SICAP funding allocation for 2017 nationally is €37.5m, which includes an allocation of €3m under the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. Northside Partnership delivers SICAP in Dublin 3, 5, 13, and 17 (Dublin Northside, Lot 2.3, which encompasses areas such as Fairview, Priorswood, Darndale, Donaghmede, Artane, Killester and Dollymount) on behalf of Dublin City LCDC (with a funding allocation for this area of some €1.1m this year).
In 2017, SICAP will assist approximately 1,375 individuals with education and employment support. Approximately 62 community organisations in the Lot area will be supported through SICAP in 2017 in subjects such as capacity building and organisational development, support to funding, governance training and assistance to participate in local and regional decision making structures. The following organisations are supported through SICAP in the Dublin 5 and Dublin 13 areas;
Artane / Coolock Resource Centre,
- Artane Beaumont Rec. centre,
- Belmayne Youth and Community Group,
- Donaghmede Mens Shed, and
- Clongriffin Residents Association”.
The Minister’s reply went on to state that a national €2 million Communities Facilities Scheme was recently launched. “The Communities Facilities Scheme is targeted at both urban and rural areas. The scheme will fund projects that seek to enhance communities, address disadvantage and improve social cohesion at a local level. The Scheme is being managed at a local level by the LCDCs in conjunction with the Municipal Districts, under the remit of the local authorities”. He also stated that his Department is finalising arrangements to launch “a recast RAPID programme” and that it is expected to be launched shortly.
Deputy Broughan says “My constituency of Dublin Bay North hosts a vast number of great and vital community and parish organisations, many of which suffered reduced funding during the austerity years while, conversely, demand for the services increased. I welcome the Minister’s news of funding available and always urge organisations to check if there are any further grants or funding available to them. It is of utmost importance that the State supports the organisations on the ground that are assisting our citizens in various capacities. Funding for this community infrastructure must be restored to pre-crash levels as soon as possible, so Minister Coveney and Donohue need to do much more including in the quickly growing new North Fringe urban district.”