Second Drogheda Implementation Plan Progress Report Published
Minister for Justice Simon Harris has published the second progress report of the Drogheda Implementation Plan.
This action plan focuses on implementation of the recommendations contained in the 2021 report, Drogheda: Creating a Bridge to a Better Future, which was developed by Minster Helen McEntee in response to rising crime and rising fear of crime in the Drogheda area.
The Drogheda Implementation Plan outlines 73 actions and is reviewed on a quarterly basis, with a progress report published biannually.
This update report identifies a number of positive developments including, but not limited to:
- Funding for a Drugs Treatment Court Liaison Case Worker situated within the Red Door Project in Drogheda has been secured through Dormant Accounts Funding until Q3 2024.
- Two projects based in Drogheda were successful in attaining funding from the Community Safety Innovation Fund 2022.
- A Prison Link Worker – situated within the Red Door Project for 2 years
- The New Choices Project – the project, run by Foroige, is an individualised alternative learning programme for young people aged 13-16 who have dropped out of the school system.
- Capital investment from SOLAS to LMETB to develop a tertiary education and community facilities block on the Drogheda Institute of Further Education campus. Minister Harris announced this multi-million capital investment which will greatly enhance capacity to deliver third level programmes in Drogheda.
- The establishment of a large-scale LMETB Electrical Apprenticeship hub with 360 apprentice training places per annum. On 17 October 2022, Minister Harris announced this first ever Apprenticeship.
- Training Hub for Drogheda which will open in 2023, become a centre of excellence for electrical training, and deliver 20 permanent jobs in the town.
- The creation of a dedicated Youth Officer post in response to the Drogheda Implementation Plan, funded by DCEDIY.
- The provision of funding to provide short-term, targeted counselling interventions for primary aged children impacted by trauma in three identified primary schools on the Southside of Drogheda.
Publishing the second update, Minister Harris said, “I want to thank and commend everyone, particularly those at local level, involved in the Implementation Plan. The Government remains committed to improving safety and wellbeing for the community in Drogheda.”
“My Department secured an additional €100,000 worth of funding on behalf of Drogheda Implementation Board in Budget 2023 and I am delighted that the Drogheda Implementation Board has allocated all of this additional funding to a new small grants fund for community organisations in the Drogheda area.”
With the additional resources provided this year, the total available to local groups for innovative projects and initiatives is €125,000. €50,000 of the fund has been ring-fenced for small grants of €2,000 – 5,000, with a maximum grant of €20,000.
Further information on the grant scheme is available at https://droghedaimplementationboard.ie/small-grants-scheme/ or by contacting email@example.com .
The Minister added, “the Drogheda Implementation Plan is an example of the power of cooperation and community. We are only gaining momentum here and I look forward to seeing further great strides made for the people of Drogheda.”