Thursday, 20 June 2013

Questions (157)

Clare Daly

Question:

157. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his role in appointments to the Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Lucan, Newcastle partnership in Dublin; and if his attention has been drawn to complaints regarding the appointment of a person (details supplied). [29736/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

My Department has a role in relation to the provision of guidance on corporate governance arrangements for Local Development Companies as well as in ensuring adherence to contractual funding agreements for Department funded programmes, including the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP). With regard to corporate governance, Guidelines on the Governance of Integrated Local Development Companies and Urban Based Partnerships were issued by the then Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, to all companies on 1 October 2007 (with an addendum to the guidelines issued in June 2009). The guidelines were designed to assist the companies with the establishment of the company board structure (including the relevant sectors and pillars), and with the prescribed requirements of the Department to enable each Company to ensure eligibility for Departmental and European funding. In addition, the guidelines provided a model Memorandum and Articles of Association, along with a model of Corporate Governance Policy which was adaptable to meet individual requirements.

In June 2012, my Department requested that Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Lucan, Newcastle (CPLN) Local Development Company, Dodder Valley Local Development Company and South Dublin County Council develop a plan to establish a single structure for LCDP delivery in the two areas in question.  The new structure, called South Dublin County Partnership Company Ltd was established in 2012. CPLN is therefore no longer contracted to deliver the LCDP on behalf of my Department. In relation to the particular query raised in the Question, my Department is not aware of any such issue.