Local Community Development Committee

The Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) was established as part of the Local Government Reform Act, 2014 and commenced in Roscommon County Council in April 2014. The committee is a statutory committee, and has statutory functions with regard to the preparation and adoption of the ‘Community’ elements of the Local Economic Community Plan (LECP). 

The Roscommon County Local Community Development Committee has 19 members from the following sectors (both public and private sector socio-economic partners):

  • Local Authority Members

  • Local Authority Officials

  • State Agencies

  • Local and Community Development bodies

  • Community and Voluntary; Social Inclusion and Environmental Interests

  • Employers / Business Interest

  • Agriculture / Farming Interest

The LCDC has a significant oversight role with regard to the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme(SICAP) and is the Local Action Group (LAG) for the LEADER Programme.

The LCDC receives administrative and technical support from Roscommon County Council. The Chief Officer, assigned by the Chief Executive to support and assist this committee in the exercise of its functions is Mr. Pat Murtagh, Senior Executive Officer. The key function of the Chief Officer is to work jointly with the Chairperson to provide guidance and strategic direction for the LCDC.

Purpose of LCDCs

  • LCDCs have primary responsibility for coordinating, planning and overseeing local and community development funding;

  • Bring a more-joined up approach to the implementation of local and community development programmes and interventions, pursuing an integrated approach to local community based services across providers and delivery structures;

  • Drive meaningful citizen and community engagement in the scoping, planning and evaluation of local and community development programmes;

  • Pursue a more cost efficient administration of local and community development programmes and delivery structures, the matching of resources to priorities and better value-for money in the management and delivery of programmes;

  • Focus on learning and feedback, enhancing the links between services delivery and policy development;

  • Pursue opportunities for additional funding for the area, whether exchequer, EU, private or other sources.