New Chairperson for PAUL Partnership
PAUL Partnership Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Ger Crowley as Chairperson. Ger is a former Assistant CEO of the Mid Western Health Board and is the Director of Safeguarding with the Catholic Diocese of Limerick .
He has a long standing interest in the work of the Partnership and said he promises to use the position to continue to support social inclusion. He stressed the need to continue the work of the Partnership in this area and to ensure citizens are supported in every way necessary for them to engage in the economic, social and cultural life of the city.
Addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the Partnership Ger said the merger of the City and County Councils and the proposed alignment of Local Government and Local Development will see new structures in place in the city. PAUL Partnership is committed to playing a full role in the future development of the city and in doing so will draw on its long history of working in an integrated way with Statutory and other partners .
Engagement with social and community networks in the city and county is a vital element of social inclusion and the new Chairman noted that , with Limerick designated as City of Culture in 2014, there is an opportunity and a challenge to ensure widespread community participation in the activities and events that will take place during that year.
Paying tribute to his predecessor, Sexton Cahill, who died in November last year, Ger said that Sexton was a person who was not afraid to challenge when necessary but who was committed to social justice and generously gave his time to improve the lives of others. Under his chairmanship Ger .said PAUL Partnership will continue its focus on improving the quality of life for those who are marginalised, ensuring their voices are heard by decision makers at local and national level.
PAUL Partnership is the Local Development Company for Limerick City. It works with local communities that have benefitted least from economic and social development and aims to promote social inclusion in Limerick City .