Doirin Graham – on Community-Led Local Development now

Doirin Graham is the CEO of Clare Local Development Company which on Monday learned that it was successful in its bid for LEADER funding worth €8.9m to County Clare. Doirin's company, set up in 1992, went against the tide in competing with the county's new Local and Community Development Committee for the funding. It was … Continue reading Doirin Graham – on Community-Led Local Development now

Social Enterprises in Rural Communities – Case Study Ireland

A paper presented at the 5th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, ‘Building a scientific field to foster social enterprise eco-system,’ June 30th to July 3rd, 2015, Helsinki, Finland.   In Ireland social enterprises are seen primarily as non-profit organisations driven by social objectives. Irish thinking on the social economy has been influenced by … Continue reading Social Enterprises in Rural Communities – Case Study Ireland

Poverty and Social Inclusion the Case for Rural Ireland

Over the years much research has been carried out on poverty and social inclusion in rural Ireland. Academics, researchers, Government agencies and organisations working in the Community and Voluntary Sector have published vast amounts of reports on poverty and marginalised and vulnerable groups living in rural areas. Many of the issues people living in rural … Continue reading Poverty and Social Inclusion the Case for Rural Ireland

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