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April 28, 2010

County Development Board Commitment to Kildare Town

Coordinator appointed for Kildare Town Integrated Services Programme

The Kildare Town Integrated Services Programme (ISP), a project of the Kildare County Development Board Plan 2009-2012 has announced the recruitment of Clodagh Gorman as Integrated Services Programme Coordinator. 

Clodagh, who is employed by County Kildare LEADER Partnership, has the responsibility of organising and supporting a new Area Implementation Team for Kildare Town.  County Librarian Breda Gleeson warmly welcomes Clodagh on behalf of the County Development Board and wishes her well in her new role.

The Kildare Town Area Implementation Team will be an inter agency partnership approach to improving the quality of life in the town in terms of social, economic, cultural and recreational infrastructure and services. Membership of the Area Implementation Team will include senior staff, with decision-making authority from:

  •  HSE
  • FAS
  • Garda Siochana
  • VEC
  • DSFA
  • Department of Education
  • Kildare County Council. 

There will also be two representatives of the Local Community along with representatives of County Kildare LEADER Partnership Company, South Western Area Local Drugs Task Force, Kildare Town Chamber of Commerce, a local County Councillor nominated by Kildare CDB and a representative of Kildare Community and Education Partnership.

A number of public meetings have been held recently, hosted by County Kildare LEADER Partnership, with the aim of developing a community forum, which will elect two representatives onto the Area Implementation Team. The Community Forum will also bring forward recommendations from research into local community needs that has been carried out extensively in the town over the last eighteen months.

Clodagh, who is a native of Dublin but now lives with her family in Kildare, has close to 20 years experience working with statutory and community agencies nationally.  She has recently completed a contract with Tallaght Drugs Taskforce and previously worked with South Dublin Volunteer Centre. Clodagh holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Trinity College Dublin, where she was the recipient of the Brendan McDonald Scholarship in recognition of her previous work with businesses and communities.