Minister of State Joe O’Brien visits community initiatives in Roscommon

Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and Department of Social Protection Joe O’Brien launched Roscommon LEADER Partnership’s strategic plan during a visit to Roscommon last Friday.

  The Minister of State’s visit started at the Old Schoolhouse in Ballaghaderreen where he launched the plan.

  “I am pleased to launch Roscommon LEADER Partnership’s Strategic Plan, which lays out what will no doubt be excellent work done in future years. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those working with the Partnership for all the extra work and effort during the pandemic, and the current response to the arrival of those from Ukraine,” he said.

  Minister O’Brien also visited the local Family Resource Centre, which is supported by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).

  Following this, he opened a new childcare centre nearby which will provide childcare for families in the local community. The centre was renovated with the assistance of the Rural Social Scheme.

  Opening the new childcare centre, Minister O’Brien said: “I’d like to thank those working with the Rural Social Scheme for their initiative and resourcefulness in renovating this building to enable families to avail of this service”.

  Minister O’Brien then visited the Ukrainian refugee reception centre in Donamon and described the welcome given to the new arrivals from Ukraine as “heartening”.

  “I ask that we all continue to extend this warm welcome and pull together to provide assistance and services to our friends from the Ukraine,” he said.

  The Minister’s final stop last Friday was at Castlecoote where he met members of the local Tidy Towns group. While there, he launched two projects funded by EU ERASMUS+ focusing on the circular economy and biodiversity.

  Speaking about his visit to Roscommon, Minister O’Brien said: “It is fantastic to visit Roscommon and to see the great work that these communities carry out with support of the Departments of Rural and Community Development and Social Protection, as well as broader Government.

  “One job of Government is to support communities so that they can develop to become vibrant and inclusive. The projects I have visited demonstrate the resourcefulness of communities in developing solutions to improve their areas and enhance the quality of community life”.