What is the Public Participation Network?

The Public Participation Network is the new framework that will allow community and voluntary groups have representation and input into county council structures and committees as well as those for other agencies.

What does it do?

Facilitates the participation and representation of communities in a fair, equitable and transparent manner through the environmental, social inclusion & voluntary sectors on decision making bodies such as the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), Strategic Policy Committees (SPC), Local Sports Partnership, County Peace Partnership etc.

Strengthens the capacity of communities and of the environmental, social inclusion, community & voluntary groups to contribute positively to the community in which they reside/participate

How is it structured?

Each group registers in its electoral area and nominates one person to represent it on the district PPN. There is one in each of Ballinamore, Carrick on Shannon and Manorhamilton, three in total.  Each group affiliates itself to one of three colleges:

·         Environmental

·         Social Inclusion

·         Voluntary

A county wide secretariat of nine people ensures that there is gender and geographic spread as well as representation from each of the colleges.  This oversees the county wide running of the County Leitrim PPN and is supported by Leitrim County Council to do this.

Each district grouping meets at least twice a year and there will be a general meeting of all groups in the county twice a year.

A pictorial representation of the PPN structure is here.

How are representatives to council committees selected?

All registered groups are advised of a place to be filled and all interested groups meet to select the representative.  This is then known as a Linkage Group. The representative is required to report to the linkage group on a regular basis to ensure that he/she is properly reflecting the views and needs of the sector.

What progress has been made to date?

170 groups have registered to date and many nominations to committees have been made.
These are listed here
New registrations are invited from any group in Leitrim that is active and has evidence that it is properly run and constituted.
Here is the form to register your group: PPN Group Registration form .rtf (size 120.8 KB)

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