Minister Joe O’Brien and Taoiseach acknowledge Programme that provides supports for those most in need
8th July, 2021
Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD joined An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD to launch the 2020 Annual Progress Report for the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP).
The programme, funded through the Department of Rural and Community Development, is Ireland’s primary dedicated social inclusion support. It works to strengthen communities, reduce poverty and address social exclusion among the most marginalised groups and individuals who are furthest from mainstream supports and society.
In Fingal SICAP is implemented by Empower.
The annual report highlights the importance of the programme, as well as the Local Development Companies and Local Community Development Committees that deliver the programme, to the COVID-19 response for the most marginalised in Ireland.
Launching the report with An Taoiseach, Minister Joe O’Brien T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development said:
“I am delighted to be here alongside the Taoiseach and I thank him for accepting my invitation to launch this report and help highlight the vitally important work of SICAP. I am very proud of SICAP – its importance as the State’s key tool for addressing social inclusion, particularly at a time of national crisis, cannot be overstated. This is confirmed by the annual report which highlights the importance and flexibility of the programme during the pandemic as well as the capacity and expertise of staff in Local Development Companies who responded so effectively to ensure the needs of the communities they serve continued to be met at the height of the public health crisis. SICAP will be facing new challenges as we progress the social recovery from COVID and I am committed to supporting the programme to do just that”.
At the launch An Taoiseach Micheál Martin said:
“I’m delighted to launch the 2020 Annual Progress Report for the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme with Minister Joe O’Brien today.
“The SICAP Annual Report clearly shows the vital support this programme provides to many communities, including thirty thousand children and young people, and over nine thousand parents and guardians, helped in the last year.
“The dedication of SICAP workers across the country has resulted in life-changing impacts for many people.”
The annual progress report was commissioned and completed by Pobal which manages the programme on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Pobal CEO, Ms Anna Shakespeare, said:
“Pobal is committed to working closely with the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), Local Development Companies (LDCs) and other stakeholders to continue to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality by supporting communities and individuals across Ireland.”
The 2020 Annual Progress Report for the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme can be found here.
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