Minister Helen McEntee commends work of Local Community Safety Partnership and local Gardaí on visit to Waterford

 

·         Minister praises work of Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership pilot

·         Local Gardaí also welcome Minister to Waterford Garda Station

 

 

13 May 2022

 

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee TD today visited Waterford City and met with local representatives involved in the Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership pilot.

 

Following her meeting with the Local Community Safety Partnership, Minister McEntee commended their work saying:

 

Community Safety Partnerships are a new approach to building stronger, safer communities.

“They bring the community together with state agencies and other organisations to discuss and draw up plans on how they can make their own communities safer – because they are best placed to know what their own communities need.

“We're currently trialling the partnerships in three locations – Waterford, Longford and Dublin’s north inner city – and they recognise that community safety is not just the responsibility of An Garda Siochana alone.

“I am encouraged by the positive, collaborative work of the Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership in developing this approach  to achieve stronger and safer communities in Waterford.

“The Waterford partnership has held workshops and worked on local projects already, and these will be vital in developing innovative ways to improve communities, not only in Waterford but throughout the country.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Seán Aylward and all of the members of the Partnership for the dedication you’ve shown in working towards safer communities in Waterford.”

 

The pilot Local Community Partnership in Waterford is one of three such pilots established nationwide, along with Longford and North Inner City Dublin.

 

These pilots are built on the principle that community safety isn’t the responsibility of An Garda Síochána alone but requires a multi-sectoral approach, strong inter-agency collaboration and engagement from the community.

 

The project presents communities with an opportunity to identify their own safety needs and to develop tailored Local Community Safety Plans to address those needs.

 

The pilots will run for a period of two years, and learnings from the pilot LCSPs will inform the eventual rollout of the model to every local authority area.

 

In advance of the nationwide rollout of LSCPs, community groups seeking to address safety issues in their locality can apply for funding for projects under the recently launched Community Safety Innovation Fund.

The funding call, launched by Minister McEntee in April 2022, is open for applications until 8 June 2022, for grants ranging between €20,000 and €150,000. The Fund will redirect funds arising from seizing proceeds of crime back into community projects to support community safety. Further details can be found at https://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/CSI-Fund-2022

 

Minister McEntee also visited Waterford Garda Station, Oasis Women’s Refuge and Treo Port Lairge CLG - an organisation working with young adults to facilitate more positive lifestyle choices, reduce criminal activity and encourage progression to further education, training and or employment.

 

Commenting on the importance of cross-agency collaboration in delivering community safety, Minister McEntee said;

 

Today I met with a wide range of justice sector stakeholders in Waterford – from the Gardaí, to the Courts, the Probation Service, a refuge, to the newly established Local Community Safety Partnership Pilot.

“Seeing on the ground how their work and their services intersect and depend on one another reinforced for me the importance of strong cross-agency cooperation in ensuring communities are safe and feel safe.

“I am delighted that Waterford maintains the Purple Flag for a vibrant and safe city centre- that is great testament to the hard work and strong inter-agency collaboration between all justice and community stakeholders in Waterford.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes to the Editor

 

Local Community Safety Partnerships are the new structures proposed in the Department of Justice’s new Community Safety Policy. Three pilots have been established in North Inner City Dublin, Waterford and Longford.

 

Each pilot has an independent chair and is engaging with the local community.

 

The Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership has a complete membership with an independent Chair and Coordinator in place. The independent chair of the Partnership is
Sean Aylward, former Secretary General of the Department of Justice. The Coordinator of the partnership is Claire Loughnane who has been in place since August 2021. Donal Murphy was elected Vice

Chairperson at the first meeting of the Partnership. Donal is a Non-Public Representative on the LCSP on behalf of the Dunhill Community Alert Group.

 

The partnership has 30 members including the independent chair, 14 public representatives and 15 non-public representatives.

 

Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership Membership

Sean Aylward

Chairperson

Public Representatives

Ivan Grimes

Waterford City and County Council (WCCC)

Greg Mullan

Tusla

Anthony Lonergan

AGS

Michael Leacy

AGS

Paul Goff

HSE

Lisa Robson

Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force

Mary Upton

Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB)

Declan Doocey

Councillor

James Tobin

Councillor

Declan Clune

Councillor

Joanne Bailey

Councillor

Seamus Ryan

Councillor

Eddie Mulligan

Councillor

Lola O' Sullivan

Councillor

Non-Public Representatives

Donal Murphy

LCSP Vice Chairperson - Dunhill Community Alert Group

Peter O' Rourke

Waterford Older People's Council

Eugene Tobin

Dungarvan West Waterford Chamber Of Commerce

John McSweeney

Waterford Chamber Of Commerce

Orla Bolger

Waterford School Principals Network

Ken Sauvage

Treo Port Lairge CLG

Breda Halligan

Roanmore Park Residents Association

Maureen Walsh

Clonard Park Residents Association

Michelle Byrne

Top of the City Community Gardens

Michael J Walsh

Ballysaggart Community Dev Company CLG

Criostóir Ó Faoiláin

Comhlucht Forbartha na nDéise

Rosemary Kennedy

Rathgormack North Waterford Community Dev Ltd

Abdul Ganiyu

Waterford Migrant Integration Forum

Barry Whelan

TYRE Project, WSCYS & Garda Youth Diversion Project

Maria Scanlon

Local Resident Representative

 

 

 

 

 

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