Six jobs at the Lough Ree Development Co-Op in Lanesboro are under threat this week because of difficulties with the provision of funding by Pobal under the Community Services Programme (CSP). Lough Ree Development Co-Op has secured funding until the end of April and discussions are currently taking place in an effort to save the facility from closing down altogether.
Both Pobal and members of the board of Lough Ree Development Co-Op have been locked in discussions for the past few weeks as part of a concerted effort by both parties to try and resolve the matter. It is expected that a decision will be reached in the coming weeks.
Speaking to the Leader, a representative from Lough Ree Development Co-Op said that staff there were very concerned about the matter and any cuts to funding under the scheme “would have a detrimental impact on jobs and services” there.
“Staff are very worried because the particular funding that we get from Pobal provides for wages for staff her,” she said, adding that the job cuts would impact negatively on the services provided to the local community by the Co-Op. “The community here in Lanesboro and in Ballyleague depend on the services that we provide, so it is very worrying at the moment. At the moment we are waiting for the board to come to us with regard to the discussions it is having with Pobal. We are expecting that we will have more information by the end of this week.”
Meanwhile Pobal admitted that discussions were taking place between it and the board of Lough Ree Development Co Op with regard to funding under CSP. “Pobal is in communication with the board of Lough Ree Development Co Op regarding its CSP contract and delivery of the service,” a spokesperson said, adding that it was the organisation’s policy “not to comment publicly on such matters”. “We are happy, however to discuss our role and work in general.”
CPS supports social enterprises to deliver local services to the communities in which they are based. Funding provided under the scheme enables communities to provide essential services and employment to those who are marginalised in society. There are currently around 11 CSPs in operation throughout Co Longford.