The Role of Community Development in Tackling Poverty in Ireland. A Literature Review for the Combat Poverty Agency

In recent years the role of communities in tackling poverty has been a major component of Irish social policy with several national programmes funded to address social inclusion. Many of these incorporate and promote community development approaches such as the Community Development Programme itself, the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme and the Family and Community … Continue reading The Role of Community Development in Tackling Poverty in Ireland. A Literature Review for the Combat Poverty Agency

Community Development in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County, Ireland (Case study)

Community Development in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County, Ireland 1. Introduction This study visit is based on the study visit to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) which took place on 14th and 16th march 2012. The main topic of this study visit was community development and SURE delegates explored issues around the institutional structures through which community … Continue reading Community Development in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County, Ireland (Case study)

Social isolation and older men – learning from research

Due to an increase in life expectancy and other demographic factors, there is now a larger number of older men and women in our society. At the same time, loneliness and social isolation are increasing. This article draws upon a research project undertaken in 2014 to explore existing services for socially isolated older men in … Continue reading Social isolation and older men – learning from research

Community: a powerful label? Connecting wind energy to rural Ireland

Much of the research on the social sustainability of renewable technologies has focused on local acceptance issues, community benefits from exogenous developments, and matters related to the planning and development process. Grassroots-initiated wind energy schemes as a form of rural enterprise have received less attention, especially in the Irish context. Using a case study approach, … Continue reading Community: a powerful label? Connecting wind energy to rural Ireland