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NATIONAL

A new organisation called CAMA was launched in Dublin on November 6th. Touted as a better option than NAMA, it was launched with the reading of the CAMA Proclamation outside the GPO in Dublin. For their trouble, the campaigners ended up on Joe Duffy.

National community development

forum National Forum and local

campaigns hit home

CDPs across the country have been campaigning since the summer against cuts, mergers and closures to projects, writes editor Allen Meagher. At national level, the National Community Development Forum (NCDF) which was formed before the summer, has gone from nought-to-sixty and is now having a notable impact. As Minister Curran acknowledges to ‘Changing Ireland’ in this issue, the protests have slowed down the ‘merger’ or ‘integration’ process. Now, following an Oireachtas appearance, the NCDF and the Community Workers’ Co-op slowed the process further and the Minister is being asked to engage in proper consultations and to appear before the Oireachtas shortly. The NCDF has no funding support. However, it has united projects and meets regularly. It has been recognised (eventually) by Minister of State Curran, it has met with Partnership reps at national level, it has liaised with SIPTU on its campaign. It has also won significant national tv, radio and press attention, something incidentally that ‘Changing Ireland’ always hoped would happen for CDPs and strived to support. Meanwhile, much of the campaign work around the country has been organised by regional networks of staff and volunteers, acting with without funding support. See right for just six examples:

Invisible people have invisible rights

CAMA’s launch outside the GPO.

WEXFORD

South West Wexford CDP – which won an Irish Rural Link award earlier this year –is running a postcard campaign, among other things.

LIMERICK

Our Lady of Lourdes CDP, one of seven projects in Limerick, gave other projects the lead in calling on all local and national representatives to support the CDP campaign and to support those who are most marginalised. Limerick city’s seven CDPs held a meeting with public representatives in City Hall on November 10th.

Helen Flanagan in City Hall

WATERFORD

CDPs in Waterford joined the national tradeunion-led demonstration on November 6th. Projects there have also set up a facebook page which now has over 500 members (it’s called ‘Hands Off Community Development’).

BALLYFERMOT, DUBLIN

“We’re passionate about our communities but we’re slowly and surely getting starved of resources and we’re going back to the 1980s,” Theresa McGouran, voluntary chairperson of Markiewicz CDP in Ballyfermot, told TV3. “We missed the Celtic Tiger. People are losing their jobs and soon they are going to have nowhere to go.”

CLONDALKIN, DUBLIN

Regular protests by CDPs have been held in recent months outside Minister of State John Curran’s constituency office. The Minister has met with those protesting, inviting them inside, on a number of occasions. The protests continue.

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