Minister O’Cuiv visits Sligo RAPID areas

The Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs was welcomed to Sligo Town on 17th July by the RAPID Community Representatives Team.  The visit included a tour of the RAPID areas, giving the Minister the opportunity to experience at first hand the reality for residents living in disadvantaged urban areas.

 Minister O`Cuiv and Minister Jimmy Devins with members of Cranmore Youth Forum and Cranmore Co-op

Minister O’Cuiv, whose Department is responsible for RAPID, visited Cranmore, Jinks’ Avenue, St. Joseph’s Terrace, St Brigid’s Place and Forthill.  The visit was followed by a reception in the Sligo Development Centre, where the Sligo RAPID Programme is based.  The event was attended by members of the Area Implementation Team (AIT) and Community Reps, who have worked since 2002 to ensure improved service delivery and prioritization of funding for the five RAPID areas of Sligo. The member agencies of the AIT are Garda Siochana, Sligo County Council, Sligo Borough Council, VEC, FAS, Sligo Education Centre, HSE, DSFA, Sligo Leader Partnership Co.

 

RAPID stands for Revitalizing Areas through Planning, Investment and Development and is a Government programme designed to improve services, facilities and the quality of life for people living in RAPID areas around the country. Since 2002 Sligo has benefited by almost €6m from the RAPID Programme from the annual grant schemes and other funding initiatives specific to RAPID areas, in which funding is matched by the local State agencies.

 

Residents briefed the Minister on the ongoing problems experienced in their areas including high unemployment, lack of resources for youth, crime and anti-social behaviour, housing and social care issues affecting older people. He also witnessed some of the physical improvements and benefits that have resulted from agencies and communities co-operating to solve persistent problems in RAPID estates.  These improvements include new playgrounds, estate enhancement projects, housing refurbishment projects and the new Community CCTV Schemes.

 

 

The Minister was also issued with the new Sligo RAPID Area Plan 2008-12, which details the needs of the five areas and the actions to be undertaken by the Area Implementation Team to improve the quality of life for residents in Sligo RAPID areas. Further details of the plan are available from the RAPID Co-ordinator, Sligo County Council, Development Centre, Cleveragh Road, Sligo or on 071 9111805. Email address is pandison@sligococo.ie

 

 

Pictured is Minister O`Cuiv and Minister Jimmy Devins with members of Cranmore Youth Forum and Cranmore Co-op outside the Co-op`s new offices  at 11 Devins Drive.

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