Local Community Development Committee

The Offaly Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) was established by Offaly County Council in 2014 in response to Putting People First – Action Programme for Effective Local Government, reforms to improve the delivery of services for the citizen, greater efficiency and effectiveness and gives local government a central role in local and community development. This places local government as the main vehicle of governance and public service at local level – leading economic, social and community development, delivering efficient and good value services, and representing citizens and local communities effectively and accountably.

The LCDC includes Public and Private interests in the County - 3 Offaly County Council elected Councillors, Community, Voluntary & Environmental representatives, State Agencies, and the Local Development Company.  The Chief Officer of the Local Community Development Committee is Frank Heslin, Director of Services, Offaly County Council, Ph: 057 93 46800. To date the Offaly LCDC has

  • developed the community aspect of the Local Economic & Community Plan 2016-2021, see the LECP here, ;
  • operated as the Local Action Group for the LEADER / Rural Development Programme funding for the county - with Offaly Local Development Company as the Implementing Partner -  download the Offaly Local Development Strategy summary here.;
  • operated as the contract holder for the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) for Offaly (with Offaly Local Development Company as the Programme Implementer)
  • has dispersed €64,500 in Community Facilities Scheme grants across the county in 2017; and
  • has made a substantial application to the Healthy Ireland fund for programmes to run later 2017/early 2018.

2017 The Offaly LCDC meeting dates for 2017 are set for the second Thursday of each month -

2016: Offaly LCDC held meetings on 28th January, 3rd March, 7th April, 5th May, 2nd June, 7th July, 8th Sept; 13th Oct, 10th Nov and 8th Dec.

2015: Offaly LCDC held 10 meetings - Jan 21st, Feb 18th, April 8th, May 13th, June 9th, July 22nd, Sept 9th, Sept 30th, Nov 12th and Dec 17th.

 Offaly LCDC Members - Statutory Interests 9
SectorMember NameOrganisation
Local Authority Elected Members

Cllr  John Clendennen

Cllr Declan Harvey

Cllr Martin O'Reilly

Offaly County Council (Chair)

Offaly County Council

Offaly County Council

Local Authority Officials

Anna Marie Delaney

Orla Martin

Offaly County Council

Offaly County Council

State Agencies

Tony Dalton

Con Feighery

Declan Tuomey

Nick Devery

Laois & Offaly Education and Training Board


Department of Social Protection

Health Services Executive

 Offaly LCDC Members - Non Statutory Interests 10
Community & Voluntary

Sinead McDonagh

Jimmy Todd

Offaly Public Participation Network Community Representatives (2)

Social Inclusion


Elizabeth Fleming

Margaret Murphy

Offaly Public Participation Network Social Inclusion Representatives (2)

EnvironmentEimhin ShorttOffaly Public Participation Network Environmental Representative (1)

Local development

and community

development bodies

Brendan O’LoughlinOffaly Local Development Company

Other civic society or

‘local and community’


Dominic Doheny

John Keena


Christina Byrne

Construction Industry Federation

Offaly Irish Farmers Association


Slieve Bloom Rural Development Co-operative

 Total Offaly LCDC Membership 19