Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1226)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

1226. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the working groups currently established in his Department; the focus of their work; the membership composition of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13572/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Working Group(s) currently established

Focus of work

Membership/Composition

Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce Working Group on State and Publicly owned Assets

The Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce Working Group on State and publicly-owned Assets, a sub-group of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce, was established in 2018 as a direct response to Action 19 of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce Implementation Review 2017 Report. The role of the Working Group is to explore the feasibility of developing a standardised policy for accessing and utilising State assets for the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure.

Membership of this group includes

- Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Co-chair)

- Department of Rural and Community Development: DRCD (Co-chair)

- Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

- Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

- Office of Public Works (OPW)

- New Economy and Recovery Authority (NewERA)

- Local Government Management Agency (LGMA)

Telecommunications Action Group

The Telecommunications Action Group was formed in 2017 to prepare local authorities for the rollout of high-speed broadband and to improve access to improved mobile phone coverage.

Membership of this group includes

- DRCD (Chair)

- All local authorities

- Department of Communications, Natural Resources

- LGMA

Framework Policy Cross-Sectoral Working Group

The role of the Working Group is to develop an implementation plan for the Framework Policy on Local and Community Development.

Membership of this group includes

- DRCD and other Government Department members: 12

- Local Government: 2

- Interested Stakeholders: 8

LCDC (Local Community Development Committee) Review Steering Group

LCDCs have been operational for three years and have been involved in programme management, the creation, adoption and early implementation of Local Economic and Community Plans (LECPs) and are going through the first round of rotation of membership. In this context, a review of the structures is now underway and nearing completion.

Membership of this group includes:

- DRCD and Government Department members: 2

- Local Government: 4

- Interested Stakeholders: 1

LECP Advisory Group

The purpose of the Group is to advise the Department in the drafting of guidelines for the monitoring, implementation and review of Local Economic Community Plans (LECPs)

Membership of this group includes:

- DRCD and Government Department members: 3

- Local Government: 4

- Interested Stakeholders: 1

- Agency 1

My Open Library Working Group

The purpose of the Group is to develop KPIs for the My Open Library pilot

Membership of this group includes:

- DRCD and Government Department members: 3

- Local Government: 5

- Interested Stakeholders: 2

Dormant Accounts Fund Interdepartmental Group

Co-ordination of work with regard to use of funds in the Dormant Accounts Fund and the implementation of the recommendations of a review published in July 2018.

Membership of this group includes:

- DRCD

- Dept. Health

- Dept Justice & Equality

- Dept. Children and Youth Affairs

- Dept. Defence

- Dept. Transport, Tourism and Sport

- Dept. of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

- Dept. Communications, Climate Action & Environment

- Probation Service

- Dept. Education

- POBAL

- Irish Prison Service

National Public Participation Network (PPN) Advisory Group

To advise and support the development and operation of the PPN structure.

Membership of this group includes: DRCD and

- one representative each of the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors,

- 3 PPN Volunteers, (one each from the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors),

- 3 PPN resource workers

- 2 local authority staff (at least one at Director of Service level and one directly supporting a PPN).

The Group is chaired by PO, DRCD and secretariat is provided by DRCD.

National Community Weekend Working Group

To develop and implement National CommunityWeekend.

Membership of this group includes

representatives from the community and voluntary sector, PPN’s and LCDC’s. The group is chaired at Assistant Secretary level, DRCD. Secretariat is provided by DRCD.

Project Advisory Board

Provide high level advice to the Minister on applications to the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund

Membership of this group includes

- DRCD(x2);

- Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment;

- Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine;

- Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government;

- Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation;

- Independent Experts (x2);

- Process Auditor.

Energy Performance Network

Responsible for providing leadership on structured energy management within the organisation.

The Energy Performance Officer reports to Government on strategic challenges faced, and progress made.

- DRCD

- Charities Regulatory Authority

- Western Development Commission

- Pobal

- Water Safety Ireland

Monitoring Committee for The Action Plan for Rural Development

To oversee progress of the measures contained in the Action Plan for Rural Development, discuss issues of relevance arising from the measures in the Action Plan and to contribute to discussion on future rural policy

Membership consists of key rural stakeholders, Government Departments,

State agencies and Public Bodies responsible for delivering measures in the Action Plan for Rural Development and representatives of the Business Community.

My Department was established on 19 July 2017. I can confirm that the Working Groups currently established in my Department, including the focus of their work and the membership composition of each is as listed below.