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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Front Row L-R Dr. Pat O’Connor, Chair, Fingal Local Community Development Committee, Adeline O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Paul Reid, Chief Executive, Fingal County Council. Back Row L-R Cllr. Kieran Dennison, Chair, Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Felix Gallagher, Manager, Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Breffni O’Rourke, Chief Officer, LCDC, Fingal County Council
Front Row L-R Dr. Pat O’Connor, Chair, Fingal Local Community Development Committee, Adeline O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Paul Reid, Chief Executive, Fingal County Council. Back Row L-R Cllr. Kieran Dennison, Chair, Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Felix Gallagher, Manager, Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Breffni O’Rourke, Chief Officer, LCDC, Fingal County Council

Fingal County Council has agreed the delivery of services aimed to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).

The agreement was reached with the Fingal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Blanchardstown Area Partnership (BAP), soon to become 'Empower CLG'.

In 2016 SICAP provided a range of enterprise, education and community supports across Fingal. The programme assisted 180 people set up a new business which in turn supported 205 full time jobs. 541 people participated in free life-long learning supports.

Some 124 young people, not in work or in study, were assisted with education and job initiatives. 76% of the people the SICAP programme assisted were unemployed.

BAP were awarded the SICAP contract after a tendering process overseen by the Fingal LCDC. The Fingal LCDC consists of 19 members and includes three councillors among abroad representation of public and private interests including business, education, enterprise, agriculture and voluntary sectors.

Adeline O' Brien, CEO of BAP, commented, 'BAP responds to unemployment and social exclusion through relevant and appropriate programmes and services. We work to empower the voices and actions of marginalised people and groups by co-ordinating and delivering innovative social inclusion initiatives.'

Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council said: 'I welcome the new programme which has been redesigned to take into account Ireland's changing social and economic landscape, including the context of reduced unemployment and a general economic recovery. The programme forms part of a range of important policy initiatives and collaborative programmes across local government, publicly-funded bodies and state agencies in response to the needs and priorities identified locally through Fingal's Local Economic and Community Plan.'

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