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Communities minister calls for Covid-like spirited response as refugees arrive

A new style ‘Community Call’ is all but certain after Joe O’Brien, Minister of State with special responsibility for Community Development and Charities, met earlier today with over 150 leaders from the community and voluntary sector and local government.

He called for the same “spirit” that was evident in the response to the pandemic at community and national level. As a start, the Department of Rural and Community Development has given a “commitment to allow flexibility in [community] schemes and programmes so people are freed up to work with new arrivals”.

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