Peter Walker of the HSE, Michelle Doherty of Macra na Feirme, and James McClean and Dolores O’Kelly, who represented the East Donegal Community Forum on the 20-member DLDC Board, stepped down during the AGM and were sincerely thanked for their service by DLDC Chairman Jim Slevin.
“On behalf of the Board we would like to offer our deep-felt thanks to James, Michelle, Peter, and Dolores for the time they have volunteered to serve the organisation over the past number of years,” he said. “All were strong advocates for the areas they represented in the county and played a strong role in highlighting and helping us in some way meet the challenges today’s communities are encountering.
“In particular, I would like to afford special recognition to James, who has tirelessly over the years been a strong voice for the supports for people with disabilities. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Ethna Diver, who represented environmental interests and who also recently stepped down from the Board. On behalf of the organisation, my fellow directors, and our CEO Padraic Fingleton we would like to wish them all our very best for the future.”
New community/voluntary representatives joining the DLDC Board include Joe Boland and Patsy McGowan, who are representing the East Donegal Community Forum, and Marie Mhic Pháidín and Síle Uí Ghallchóir, who are representing the Gaeltacht.
“We would like to welcome our newly appointed directors, Joe Boland, Patsy McGonagle, Marie Mhic Pháidín, and Síle Uí Ghallchóir,” Mr. Slevin said. “They will represent communities from the East and Gaeltacht regions on our Board and we look forward to their contribution to the organisation.”
DLDC is a local development company which provides administrative assistance and EU and Irish government funding to development programmes and projects with the aim of bringing about positive changes for the people and communities in Donegal.
“We serve as a bridge between our local community, the state, and the private sector,” said DLDC CEO Padraic Fingleton. “This enables us to secure resources and create opportunities for people to access education, training, employment, enterprise, family supports, and youth programmes.”
DLDC offers a range of programmes and services to support individuals, local organisations, groups, and communities. The organisation supports all people and groups in Donegal, including people looking for work, students, people starting their own business, children and families, young people, older people, parents, and guardians.