3rd Seminar

Shared Services: Learning from Experiences in Integrated Working and the implementation of Community Planning in Scotland 

The third ICLRD Shared Services Learning Network seminar took place on 25 November at the Ballymascanlon Hotel, Dundalk. The seminar was addressed by Professor Deborah Peel, The Geddes Institute, University of Dundee, who generously shared her insights into shared services and the interface with community planning in Scotland. In particular, the positive emphasis placed on ‘outcomes’ for individuals, families and communities was underlined, albeit certain concerns in relation to collaboration versus compulsion and local autonomy versus central control, amongst other things, were also considered. Follow this link to download the speaker presentation slides to explore further.

Professor Peter Roberts, Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, and Vice Chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, chaired the seminar.

Dr Brendan O’Keeffe, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, who presented at the first Shared Services Learning Network seminar in July 2014, also contributed fruitfully to the discussion.

This seminar forms part of the Cross-Border Spatial Planning and Training Network (CroSPlaN II) programme managed by the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD), funded by the Special EU Programmes Body under EU INTERREG IVA.