Michael Ring, Minister for Community and Rural Development, makes a visit to Dunleer
Date published: March 23, 2018
We were delighted to be part of the welcoming group yesterday when Michael Ring, Minister for Community and Rural Development, met with the Dunleer Community Development Board (DCDB) at the The Market House – Dunleer Co. Louth, Republic of Ireland.
The Minister was briefed on how the Dunleer community have invested the funds received under Town and Village Renewal and also plans for future programmes being led by the community group.
Chairman Tony Mallon outlined that Town and Village funding has been an enormous success here due to collaboration between groups to deliver opportunities that create sustainable community development.
Eugene Conlon, Lead for the Energy Team, sought the Minister’s support to bring the Energy Ambassadors education programme to communities throughout Ireland. Eugene emphasised that the programme will help householders reduce their energy use, use more renewable energy and be warmer in their homes. The programme will also mentor communities on how to access sources of funding and supports to upgrade their homes with state of the art energy technology and systems.
It was outlined that the Energy Team delivered a pilot of programmes in six counties in November 2017 and the success of these inspired the group to expand this to a lot more communities to address a significant demand. This programme is a community to community education and a great example of social innovation resulting in job creation in Louth but also in jobs in communities across Ireland who implement home upgrades under Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland such as the Better Energy Community programmes.
In attendance yesterday were Fergus O’Dowd TD, Peter Fitzpatrick TD, Dolores Minogue, and Colm Markey Chairman of LCC. John Lawrence, Mary Deery, Barry Eaton from Louth County Council, as well as members of the Dunleer community.
To date Dunleer Community Development Board and Dunleer Tidy Towns have invested Town and Village renewal funding in:
• Commenced developments which were within the Tidy Towns five year plan, for the creation of public realm projects to improve the attractiveness of the town for the local population and for visitors.
• Built the Energy Ambassadors education programme to educate people in Co. Louth and other communities on energy and renewable energy and what simple steps they can take in their day-to-day lives to reduce energy use and use more renewable energy.
• Upgraded 150 premises throughout Co. Louth to make them warmer and more efficient, resulting in thousands of Euro in savings and inward investment, including grant-aid of €1.2m.
The above activities have created one full time job.