Empowering Communities

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected to develop the Empowering Communities Programme (ECP) for three Electoral Areas:  Finglas South B, Cabra West B and Inns Quay B. 


The ECP was established partly in response to a Programme for Government commitment to expand the Dublin North-East Inner-City Model, which was developed in response to the profound challenges facing the communities of North-East Inner-City Dublin. Responses identified had an emphasis on supporting the long-term economic and social regeneration of the area.

This programme is administered by Minister Joe O’Brien’s Department of Rural and Community Development and by the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with the support of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). 14 Electoral areas have been selected nationally.

We want to review existing structures and programmes for economic and social development within these areas, both statutory and non-statutory. There will be an emphasis on community leadership, on engaging with and involving members of the local community and public representatives. Account will be taken of experience and good practice as well as national policy developments. 

Rory Downey, Sharon Jordan and Patricia McMahon – our ECP Team

The ECP Team

The Empowering Communities Programme Team members will be out and about in the community over the coming weeks and months. ECP Team members will be running focus groups to involve the local community in the process. If you are interested in participating in a focus group or would like further information on this Programme, here are the contact details for our team.

Research Officer, Rory Downey – 085 854 8342 or rory.downey@dublinnorthwest.ie

Project Development Officer (Individuals), Sharon Jordan – 085 876 0374 or sharon.jordan@dublinnorthwest.ie

Project Development Officer (Groups), Patricia McMahon – 085 805 0924 or patricia.mcmahon@dublinnorthwest.ie

If you would like to know more about our Community Development work, check out our Community Development page here.