Agenda and minutes

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Chairing of Meeting

At the outset of the meeting, it was agreed by the SPC that Councillor Sorcha Nic Cormaic would preside as Chair until Councillor Lettie McCarthy was in attendance to preside as Chairperson. It was also agreed to alter the order of business and commence with consideration of the Future Works Programme. Councillor Sorcha Nic Cormaic proceeded to take the Chair.



Future Works Programme

Dearbhla Lawson gave a brief progress report in regards to the future works programme which includes;


·         Public Art Programme Updates

·         Autism Awareness

·         Cultural Programme Updates

·         Universal Grants

·         Community Development and Social Inclusion Updates

·         Cultural and Creative Plan Development and Updates

·         DLR’s Children and Young Person’s Programme

·         Healthy Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Updates

·         Library Development Plan Updates

·         Positive Ageing – Age Friendly Strategy – Age Well Expo 2019

·         Migrant Integration Strategy

·         DLR’s Play Policy Review and Development



Chairing of Meeting

As Councillor Lettie McCarthy was in attendance, Councillor Sorcha Nic Cormaic handed over and Councillor Lettie McCarthy presided as Chair.



Confirmation of Minutes

Minutes of meeting held on Wednesday 19th December, 2018 were agreed, with one amendment agreed to record apologies of Ms. Geraldine Graydon who had given her apologies for the last meeting held on Wednesday 19th December 2019, and were adopted, having been proposed by Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic and seconded by Cllr. Deirdre Donnelly.



Matters Arising from the Minutes

It was noted that Ms. Geraldine Graydon had given her apologies for the last meeting held on Wednesday 19th December 2019.


Information items submitted by members for written reply

No business.


Director's Business


Public Participation Network Presentation

Ms. Laura Howe, Co-Ordinator of the dlr Public Participation Network, gave a presentation on the PPN, which included the legislative background and purpose in establishing the PPN, the structure of the PPN, and the funding by the Department of Rural and Community Development and DLRCC for its operation.

Ms. Howe outlined the increase in membership to 514 member groups currently, which has nearly doubled since 2016, and set out some of the key activities of the PPN such as networking for member groups, representation on Local Authority Committees, training and capacity building for community groups, information sharing and publicity through the dlr PPN e-zine and social media.

Ms. Howe outlined that the PPN held workshops in 2018, began to feature groups on South Dublin FM’s Local Show, and held consultations around the Bus Connects etc.

Ms. Howe outlined the work carried out with DLRCC, liaising directly with Community Department, DLRCC shares information about grants, consultations and other relevant information.


The programme for 2019 will include recruitment of support worker, creating a vision for community well-being, continue to develop linkage groups, work with dlr integration forum, Disability federation of Ireland and dlr environmental awareness section.


Following a discussion, Laura Howe and Dearbhla Lawson responded to the Members’ questions and Ms. Howe was thanked for her presentation.



Draft DLR Children and Young Persons Plan 2019 - 2021

Mary Ruane outlined that there was a presentation to the SPC meeting held on 20 June 2018 on developing a plan and to the SPC held on 19 December 2018 outlining further information on the consultation for the plan and its preparation. Dearbhla Lawson, Director of Community and Cultural Development gave a detailed overview of the Draft dlr Children and Young Persons Plan 2019–2024 which is for consideration by this Strategic Policy Committee. Following a wide-ranging discussion Dearbhla Lawson and Mary Ruane responded to the Member’s questions and the Plan was AGREED. Ms. Lawson said this programme willbe proposed for inclusion in the future Work Programme of the SPC for consideration of updates.



Business Referred from the Council (if any)


Business Referred from the Corporate Policy Group (if any)


Any other Business

Mary Ruane provided details of two funding opportunities open for applications by the community:

(a)  National Community Weekend taking place on May Bank Holiday weekend and closing date of 29th March 2019 for grant scheme administered by the DLR LCDC;

(b)  Second round of dlr Grants Scheme open for applications for certain categories, including community grants, until 18th April 2019 and eight information sessions being held by Community department in six venues in the county in late March/early April.   


The Chairperson, Councillor Lettie McCarthy thanked Members of the Community Development, Culture and Ageing Strategic Policy Committee for their contributions to the work of the Committee during its term and also, thanked the Director of Community and Cultural Development and her staff for their work in supporting the work of the Committee.






Date of Next Meeting

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