Draft LEADER Action Plan

Tipperary Local Community Development Committee, in conjunction with South Tipperary Development Company and North Tipperary LEADER Partnership invite individuals, groups and communities to review and comment on the draft plan for the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. A copy of the draft action plan is available for download. Click here.

Public Meetings to outline and discuss the draft plan will take place as follows:
Nenagh Scouts Hall
Thursday 26th November @ 7.30 pm

Clonmel Park Hotel
Thursday 26th November @ 7.30 pm

Everyone from the business community, general community organisations, farming sector, environment groups, and youth groups are invited to attend and input.

You can submit your feedback on the draft plan to tipperarylds2015@gmail.com

This is YOUR Plan for YOUR future. Ensure your voice is heard

Draft LDS Action Plan Section 3&4

Call for Communities to join new Participation Network

Meetings are currently being held about the new “public Participation network”.
This is being piloted in Tipperary and will take over from the local Community and Voluntary Association (CAVA).

See attached Info on Public Participation Networks in Tipperary presentation. Members of local community groups should complete and return the following Registration Form for Tipperary Public Participation Network 2014

There are also information meetings currently in progress – see details of the next two below.
Templemore/ThurlesDistrict, includes Roscrea and Templemore:  28thMay at 8.00pm. Venue: McCauley Community Centre
Cashel/Tipperary District: 29thMay at 8.00pm. Venue:  Knockanrawley Resource Centre.

Enterprise Support for Jobseekers 2014

This scheme is aimed at Jobseekers ineligible for other supports who already have or are seeking to set up in business in North Tipperary.
This schemes offers:

  • Participation in a Startup Network: Helping new businesses share and learn, network meetings take place at NTLP’s office in Nenagh, over 2 hours on Fridays 9-11am and include guest speakers on topics relevant to new businesses.
  • One to one support: Access to professional advice on all aspects of your business from initial idea to ongoing development.To register, email Gearóid Fitzgibbon gfitzgibbon@ntlp.ie or text your name to 085-7409023.
  • Access to small funding – €600: 20% match funding required. Closing Date: Friday June 6th 2014.

Application forms can be downloaded by clicking here Business Startup Support Scheme APPLICATION FORM 2014 or requested by phoning: 06756676.

Supported through the Local and Community Development Programme, funded by POBAL.

UPDATE following recent Public Meeting and Petition

Dear Friend of NTLP,
Thank you for taking the time to attend the recent Public Meeting or sign the public petition in support of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership. The meeting showed the depth of support that there is in the Community, for our work (see attached report ).  We hope you gained insight into the Alignment proposals as they are currently envisioned and the implications for community and rural development in the County if they are implemented in their current format. The Board and Staff of the Organisation have taken great encouragement from you participation and the collective passion shown on the night for this work to continue.

The public representatives on our Board, Cllr. John Carroll, Cllr. Seamus Morris and Cllr. Jonathan Meaney will bring a motion to the next meeting of North Tipperary County Council, which will read as follows:
“That North Tipperary County Council will not form a Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) until there is national agreement between the DoECLG and the ILDN on the delivery of the Local Community Development Programme (and its successor) and the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) through the Alignment Working Group process”.
We would encourage you to talk to Councillors in your area with a view to having this motion carried by North Tipperary County Council.  We would also encourage you to inform members of your local community of the proposals. If you require any documentation in doing so please contact us.

The National Network of LEADER Companies (the ILDN) met earlier today (Friday 17th) and agreed to co-ordinate local events on a national basis. When further details of these events are clarified we will be in contact again. Stay in touch by following our Facebook and Twitter accounts (@ntlp2) and keeping an eye on our website:  www.ntlp.ie

With renewed thanks.
Michael Murray, CEO
2nd Floor Friars Court
Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Tel. No. 067 56676
Email: mmurray@ntlp.ie

Grants for Energy Efficiency works (Community Groups and SMEs)

Tipperary Energy Agency in association with North Tipperary LEADER Partnership is preparing a group application for for energy efficiency works for Community Groups and SMEs funded under SEAI’s Better Energy Communities Scheme. Grant support for insulation and heating measures up to 50% for Community Groups, and 35% for SMEs. To find out more go to TEA.ie or NTLP.ie or come to an information evening at Nenagh office of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership on Tuesday April 15th 2014 at 8pm.

Informing Community Groups and SME’s in Co. Tipperary of Energy Efficiency Grants
Deadline for complete application to be received is 15th April

Notice: informing of this year’s Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) energy upgrade grant scheme (Better Energy Communities 2014). All community groups and SME’s that may have high heating and electricity costs may be eligible for energy efficiency grants.

A grant of up to 50% is proposed as being available from SEAI for community groups and up to 35% for SME’s.

North Tipperary Leader Partnership is the lead applicant of the community grant application in Tipperary with Tipperary Energy Agency as the coordinator.

Tipperary Energy Agency has been assessing buildings to identify financially viable projects and coordinate a group application to SEAI for funding since February, this is the final call for applications.

If you are interested please see the following:
The overall process outline:
    Fill out the application form, collect all the relevant details and email to mbell@tea.ie and gfitzgibbon@ntlp.ie by 15th April
    If your application is successful an energy assessor will make arrangements to visit site
    The site visit will produce a brief high level energy report with prioritised saving measures that show best pay backs on investment
    Should your project proceed Tipperary Energy Agency will coordinate the application and the energy assessor will request further detail from you
    Secure commitment from your organisation to complete the works
    Outline if you will require assistance with procuring, financing or managing the works
    Coordinate a group application and grant administration
    Carry out monitoring and verification process

* Note that for the SME or community group to act as beneficiary of the grant they will require a current tax clearance certificate and they must be in a position to pay for the works and then draw down the grant, which will be calculated on the amount paid, subject to SEAI’s terms and conditions being met.

Communities turn out in force to support North Tipperary LEADER

500 people thronged the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh last Thursday night, April 10th, to voice their concerns at plans to dismantle existing community development structures, and lose 20 years of local development expertise.

Crowd assembled at the April 10th public meeting Abbey Court
Crowd assembled at the April 10th public meeting Abbey Court

At a 2 hour meeting moderated by Ciaran Lynch of LIT Tipperary, leaders from communities all over North Tipperary spoke passionately about the quality of work delivered by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and called on all election candidates and TDs to reverse the plan to centralise community development work into the local authority.

According to NTLP CEO, Michael Murray, “Last night’s meeting showed the depth of support that is there in the community, for North Tipperary LEADER’s work to continue. Our track record, and that of our predecessors over the last 20 years shows that we manage these community services in an “efficient, productive and cost effective” way. Local Authorities are creating a body with the appearance of independence in the new “Local and Community Development Committees,” when genuinely independent organisations already exist, local development companies. We want to see social inclusion and supports to communities to continue into the future. As was said from the floor: “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

Speakers on Thursday night included Jim Finn (Chairman of NTLP), Padraig Moran (North Tipperary Community and Voluntary Association), Con Ryan (Upperchurch Development Association), Con Harrington (Drombane Energy Team), Tony Brennan (Roscrea SVP), and Charles Stanley Smith (representing Friends of Dromineer Castle). Eamon O’Toole of Rearcross Food Centre and Timmy Delaney of Holycross Community Childcare also contributed.

Chairman Jim Finn summarised the changes planned under the alignment: “this will see some of the key programmes operated by NTLP including LEADER and the Community Development Programme coming directly under the new Local Community Development Committees of the Local Authorities.  This committee will only have five community representative from across all of County Tipperary. Compare this with the current situation where there are sixteen community representatives and ten social partners in North and South Tipperary.  Is this ‘putting people first’? These are the darkest days of the local and community development sector in Ireland since I joined it. The work of the last half century is about to be undone as a thriving civil sector is about the collared and pulled back under state control.”

Some of the speakers at the April 10th public meeting Abbey Court
Some of the speakers at the April 10th public meeting Abbey Court

Con Ryan from Upperchurch outlined how through LEADER support over 25 years, his community had moved from a situation where the population had continually fallen to one where it had stabilised, and where the parish was now strong and vibrant, with a Community Childcare facility, sheltered housing, a renovated community centre, a climbing wall, and a yearly walking festival. According to Con, while council staff do excellent work, he feared the focus of work would not be the same. Con Ryan expressed fears that centralisation of community services into the local authority, would set back communities 20 years. He said: “Why should we damage something that works so well? NTLP and the LEADER approach has shown itself to be an efficient, productive and cost effective model of local development.” According to Con, at the upcoming election, his loyalty would not be to political parties but to candidates who would guarantee continued support to community development and local job creation. This was received with great applause.
In the view of Con Harrington, without Development Staff going out to communities, many successful community schemes would not have happened: “No amount of schemes or grants can replace the need for development workers to stand in the kitchens of communities, and help them to develop their own proposals.” With support from NTLP, Con said that his community had moved from a dependence culture to one of self-help:“Now the community is able to develop its own plans, seek partners from other communities and agencies. It is vital that the expertise and commitment of the NTLP team is not was lost.” (Soundclip www.bit.ly/conhldc1)

There were also a cross-section of contributions from the floor expressing grave concerns about the impact of the planned changes. Padraig Moran feared that community development would become a 9-5 job. “It won’t work as a 9 to 5 job,” he said. Liz O’Sullivan Manager of Loretto House said that “if NTLP is placed within the county council, its independent advocating voice will be lost.” In the view of Joe Bourke, of Thurles “this is moving to a top-down approach. The community sector needs to re-assert its strength – we are strong enough.”

Members of the community signing the petition in support of NTLP
Members of the community signing the petition in support of NTLP

In a further statement on Friday April 11th, Jim Finn complimented the support committed by Sinn Fein MEP candidate, Liadh Ní Riada, who he had met with earlier in the day on this issue. In a statement of support, Ms. Ní Riada said that “25 years of independent community development is threatened by these plans. The focus and interaction with Statutory Bodies will not be the same. I am coming across these concerns with community groups right across Munster.”

The meeting was also attended by MEP Phil Prendergast, Mattie McGrath TD, and a number of local councillors. An online support petition has been opened on www.bit.ly/ldcpetition which members of the public are encouraged to complete.

Public Meeting – Changes to Local Development

Date & Venue: Thursday April 10, 2014 at 8.00 pm in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh

You may be aware of plans that are being progressed at national level, that will fundamentally change how rural and community development is delivered around Ireland.  The changes signify a shift away from delivery by the community and voluntary sector towards statutory agencies and private companies.  The implications of the planned changes are serious for all Local Development Companies including North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and the communities which we serve.

We are writing to invite you to a public meeting, the purpose of which is to raise awareness among individuals, community groups and other third sector organisations across North Tipperary of the planned changes in the delivery of the Local and Community Development Programme (social inclusion) and the Rural Development Programme (LEADER).  The event will highlight the current role of NTLP and the impact of proposed changes on both communities and individuals.  It will outline the implications for local communities and the community and voluntary sector in general of proposals that will likely lead to the privatisation of service delivery in some instances.   It is envisaged that beneficiaries of our programmes/services will have an input at the event and that a cross section of goods and services will be displayed.  Please see enclosed factsheet which outlines the changes in more detail.

The Board and Staff of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership would very much appreciate your support and welcome your attendance at a Public Meeting on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 8.00 pm in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh.