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Local Community Development Committee (LCDC)



The report on local government - Putting People First – An Action Programme for Effective Local Government – Oct 2012, - envisaged a range of reforms including an enhanced role for local government in community development.  This enhanced role for the Council in community development was provided for in the Local Government Reform Act 2014 which was enacted on 1st June 2014 and included for the establishment of Local Community Development Committees in each Local Authority Area. Regulations and Guidance have also being issued by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government (DHPCLG) in respect of these LCDC’s.  The Longford LCDC was formally established on 30th June 2014.

Membership of the LCDC

The membership of the LCDC and the mechanism for selecting these members is prescribed in the legislation and guidance.  This membership comprise a range of statutory and non-statutory socio-economic partners drawn from the Councils administrative area.  The LCDC membership is constituted so as to ensure an appropriate representational balance between public and private interests, while also facilitating an appropriate mix across the broad range of actors across the county. 

Longford LCDC Members.docx (size 17.4 KB)

Contact for the LCDC

Longford LCDC is supported by a team of Council staff, led by a Chief Officer.

Chief Officer: Mr Ciaran Murphy

Senior Executive Officer , Community Development, Longford County Council, Aras an Chontae, Great Water Street, Longford.

Email: lcdc@longfordcoco.ie

Tel: (043) 334 3506

General Queries: Laura McPhillips/Janine Bartley

Email: lcdc@longfordcoco.ie

Tel: (043) 334 3307


The LCDC is a committee of the Council and its primary role is to develop, co-ordinate and implement a coherent and integrated approach to local and community development.  The primary work of the LCDC to date has been in advancing the following initiatives:

  • Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP)
  • Rural Development Programme (LEADER)
  • Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

LCDC Meetings

In general the LCDC meets every 2 months and the business of the meeting is transacted in accordance with adopted Standing Orders.

Equality & Human Rights- The Public Sector Duty

Section 42 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 places a positive duty on public sector bodies to have regard to eliminate discrimination, promote equality and protect human rights in their daily work. As a public body, Longford LCDC has a commitment to:

  • Undertake an assessment of human rights and equality issues that are relevant to its functions, to the services it provides, or regulates or oversees, and to its employees.  An initial assessment may inform a strategic statement to guide the next phase of the strategic planning process. 
  • Integrate human rights and equality initial assessments in the strategic planning process.  If working with an already commenced strategic planning cycle, ensure that links between human rights and/or equality statements and related to action plans are incorporated into current work activities. 
  • Consult broadly with employees, managers, trade unions, individuals and communities accessing and using the services, and other key stakeholders, which may be affected by inequalities and human rights issues.
  • Provide training or information to key staff and managers on human rights and equality.  Include these issues within the organisations communication strategy.  Support initiatives to promote awareness on human rights and equality, such as staff briefings, thematic events/days for staff and service users (UN Days, Mental Health awareness, etc.) and/or organise events celebrating diversity and human rights.
  • Monitor and evaluate policies and programmes from a human rights and equality perspective, identifying which existing policies and practices are particularly relevant.
  • Develop action plans on human rights and equality with defined actions and responsibilities.
  • The collection of data, clearly defined targets, indicators and responsibilities will ensure effective monitoring and reporting on human rights and equality.  Provide evidence-based information on these initiatives and achievements in your annual reports.

To this extent, Longford LCDC has devised and adopted an Equality & Human Rights Statement.

This Equality and Human Rights Statement serves as a means to address our obligations under the Irish Human Rights Equality and Commission Act 2014 to have regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity, and protect human rights in carrying out our functions.

The Statement  reflects our shared commitment to equality and human  rights. This encompasses the grounds covered in the equality legislation of gender, civil status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion and membership of the Traveller community, as well as socio-economic status.

Our commitment to equality and human rights is motivated by a set of shared values:





Social Justice

Download our EQHR Statement below:

LCDC Equality & Human Rights Statement.pdf (size 141.9 KB)          


Feasibility Study for Pilgrim Way along the Shannon-Erne Inland Waterways - Public Consultative Workshops

LEADER Programme Cooperation Project

In late 2018, West Limerick Resources, in partnership with Waterways Ireland and 13 local development companies (LDCs) and associated local authorities, commissioned SLR Consulting and Alan Hill Tourism Development to investigate the feasibility of developing a 350km cross-border Pilgrim Way along the inland waterways.  The area under consideration is a 20km wide corridor which uncovers a unique pilgrim heritage on and along the inland waterways, from the Shannon estuary in Co Kerry northwards through the Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, and Erne System in Co Fermanagh to South Donegal. 

The aim is to develop an iconic international ‘Pilgrim Way’ based on the rich early Christian and Viking heritage of the Early Medieval period in Ireland.  Internationally known ecclesiastical sites include Scattery Island, Iniscealtra (Holy Island, Clare), Clonmacnoise (Offaly), Quaker Island (Lough Ree), Boyle Abbey (Roscommon), Devenish Island (Lough Erne) and the iconic pilgrimage site at Lough Derg (St Patrick’s) in Donegal, among others.  Many more, lesser known sites are included in the overall analysis for a total of more than 100 sites. 

A series of Consultative Workshops on the feasibility of an iconic Pilgrim Way will be held in early February 2019. These workshops will aim to engage with local authorities, statutory heritage managers/ tourism & heritage operators/ community heritage activists/ transport and activity providers, heritage guides and NGO sectors.

Or indeed anyone who can contribute to developing ideas for how an internationally significant Pilgrim Way might optimally function and operate along the entire Shannon-Erne system.

We would like your inputs on the key heritage and conservation issues, as many sites are active sites of worship and sacred to their communities.  We will also examine potential sustainable ‘ways’ to link these special sites (walk, cycle, boat, bus transport), as well as visitor management (accommodation, food, guidance, transport, parking etc)?   What are the opportunities that may contribute to economic development and sustaining rural communities?  What are the likely constraints?


Radisson Blu,

Northgate Street

Athlone Riverside

Tuesday 5th February, 20196:30pm - 9:00pm




South Longford

South Roscommon

Central Athlone


If you wish to attend this Public Consultative Workshop please email julien_carlier18@hotmail.com as soon as possible.

Pilgrim Way Map


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