The Limerick Public Participation Network (Limerick PPN) has re-opened its registration process and is calling on eligible community and voluntary groups and organisations in Limerick to become part of a local structure that helps the citizens take an active formal role in relevant policy development committees of Limerick City and County Council.
A Public Participation Network (PPN) is a network that allows local authorities around the country to connect with community groups in their area to give citizens a greater say in local government decisions which affect their own communities.
The PPN is managed by a committee of volunteers called the Secretariat on behalf of all its members.
Welcoming the announcement, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan said: “Public Participation Networks play an important role in the formation of policies which affect all citizens. I’m very happy that the Limerick PPN will be providing an important link between the council and the wider Limerick community. What is needed now is the interest and commitment of all the different sectors to engage with the registration process and in the different opportunities that will present themselves through membership of the PPN.”
Vidette Molyneaux, member of the Limerick PPN Secretariat said: “With the recent local elections and a number of Limerick City and County Council committees starting afresh, it is timely that we revitalise our membership. We have had some difficult periods recently but we are determined to learn from our experiences.”
“We feel it is time to focus on the future and on having a strong positive relationship with community and voluntary groups across Limerick and with Limerick City and County Council, so that we can all reap the benefits.”
Limerick City and County Council has been working with the Limerick PPN Secretariat to support getting the Limerick PPN back in action.
Mo Foley-Walsh has been appointed Resource Worker for Limerick PPN on an interim basis.
She said: “Limerick City and County Council is committed to helping Limerick PPN fulfil its function as a means for people to engage with policy development processes at a local level. While we fully recognise the independence of the Limerick PPN, it is vital that we have a relationship built on trust and a shared purpose of making Limerick a better place to live, learn, work, play, grow up and grow old in.”
“Already I’ve seen the commitment of the Secretariat and Limerick City and County Council to ensure the voices of people from the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environment sectors are heard and I am calling on groups and organisations from all sectors to help make this happen by joining or rejoining the PPN. The challenge to make this work belongs to us all.”
Registration for Limerick PPN is straightforward.
If a group does not have access to the internet, they can contact the Limerick PPN requesting a paper copy of the registration form. Contact details are Mo Foley Walsh, Limerick PPN, Community Development Directorate, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant's Quay, Limerick V94EH90 | t: 061 557372
To be eligible to qualify for membership of the Limerick PPN a group/organisation must:
- Be active in Limerick City and County
- Have more than five members and be open to new members
- Be non-party political and non-sectarian
- Be a minimum of six months in existence
- Be not for profit and volunteer-led
- Be independent. You cannot be a subcommittee or subgroup of another organisation
- Have an appropriate governance structure eg: a constitution/ set of rules/ financial procedures
- Groups/ organisations registering under the Environment Sector must be validated by the Environmental Pillar at a national level.
The PPN Secretariat has the final say over eligibility for membership should any queries arise.
While there is no closing date for registration, as the Limerick PPN welcomes new eligible groups/ organisations at any time, you must be registered to be part of the upcoming Plenary Meeting.
The Plenary Meeting is scheduled for September. Registered Members will be informed of the date, while it will also be posted on the limerickppn.ie website.