ISS21 Conference on Local and Community Development

30 Sep 2015

The ISS21 Civil Society Cluster presents a Conference on


The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice


Wednesday, 21st October 2015

O’Rahilly Building, Room ORB_G27, University College Cork

There is no charge but, due to limited space, advance registration is required.  To secure your place, please email no later than Monday, 12th October.


Conference Schedule

9.30 a.m.              Registration

10.00 a.m.           Conference Opening

                               Professor Anita Maguire, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, UCC 

                               Dr Linda Connolly, Director, ISS21, UCC


10.10 a.m.           Brian Harvey, Independent Social Researcher

Local and Community Development in Ireland: An Overview


10.50 a.m.           Coffee Break


11.10 am              Community Development Session Chair:  Rosie Meade


11.15 a.m.           Anna Lee, Local & Community Development Consultant

Acknowledging the ‘Vital Role of the Community and Voluntary Sector’ (Programme for Government 2011): A View from the Coalface


11.55 a.m.           Catherine Forde, Deirdre O’Byrne and Feilim O'hAdhmaill, UCC

The Effects of Austerity and Local Government Change on Community Organisations and Community Development Practice in Ireland


12.20 pm              Mary Fogarty, Loughmore Co-operative Shop and Tea Rooms 

A case study from the co-operative sector


12.40 p.m.           Lunch


1.30 p.m.             Local Development Session Chair: Caitriona Ni Laoire


1.35 p.m.             Jonathan Hall, Ray O’Connor, Carol Power and William Brady, UCC

New structures for Local Government in Ireland: Evaluating the Impact on Community Participation in the Local Planning Process


2.00 p.m.             Mark Rylands, Ray O’Connor and Carol Power, UCC

Local Government Reform in Ireland: Implications for Rural Development


2.25 p.m.             Marian Harkin, MEP

Centralisation, Rationalisation, Economic Efficiencies and the Destruction of Community

Chair: Professor Fred Powell


2.55 p.m.             Panel Discussion/Q&A

                               Chair: Professor Michael Ward


3.30 p.m.             Close of Conference 


This conference is funded by the UCC Strategic Research Fund.




Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

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