What are PPN Representatives?

A PPN Representative is elected for a fixed term to represent the issues of PPN members on a particular Board or Committee.   They are elected onto a Board or Committee my members of the PPN.   A PPN Representative does not represent the group they are a member of, they represent the PPN and are guided by their linkage group.

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What structures do PPN Representatives sit on?

The PPN has representatives sitting on a wide range of committees across multiple thematic areas. Most of these are local authority based, though as time goes on and the PPN develops, this will widen to local agencies, forums and boards also.

  • Strategic Policy Committees (SPC)
  • Joint Policing Committee (JPC)
  • Local Community Development Committee (LCDC)
  • Drugs & Alcohol Forums
  • Peace Partnership Committee
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Key Principles Guiding PPN Representatives

Listen

It is important that PPN Reps go into committee meetings with a willingness to listen to the business being discussed and the points being made by all parties at the table. It is especially important to listen and gather the views of the PPN membership beforehand.

Discuss

Having listened to everyone’s opinion, the PPN Rep should give theirs. The PPN Rep is a member of this committee because of their interest in the subject matter and because the PPN believes they are capable of representing the community. PPN Reps should be assured that they can participate fully, equally and knowledgeably in the debate.

Represent

In participating in a committee, the PPN Reps need to remember that they were elected by their fellow PPN members – to represent them in every way possible. PPN Reps are not just there to voice their own views, PPN Reps are there to represent the views of the PPN Pillar and Linkage Group.

Feedback

It is the responsibility to the PPN Reps to feed back to the PPN. Feedback is a two-way street, i.e., (a) issues to be raised by the PPN Rep at particular committee and (b) feedback from the business of the meeting to PPN.

 

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Finding Out More and Having an Input

Meeting Reports

All PPN Reps are required to submit meeting reports after each of their committee meetings. These are circulated in PPN newsletters and are available to view on this website. These meeting reports give the PPN Reps perspective on what happened at the meeting and any outcomes that the PPN should be made aware of.

Linkage Groups and Pillar Meetings

From time to time, where appropriate and where demand exists, the PPN calls topic based meetings. These meetings are used to gather the views of the PPN members. These meetings are called Linkage Groups. The views gathered at a Linkage Group meeting are then used by the PPN Reps on their respective committees. They are also used by the PPN to inform policy submissions on topical issues.

Contacting the PPN Reps

See below for the contact and committee details for each of the PPN Reps.

  • LCDC

    The Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) was established as part of the Local Government Reform Act, 2014 and commenced in Louth County Council in April 2014.  The committee is a statutory committee, and has statutory functions with regard to the preparation and adoption of the ‘Community’ element of the Local Economic Community Plan (LECP).

    Council Member Rep Cllr Colm Markey (Chairperson)
    Council Member Rep Cllr Liam Reilly
    Council Member Rep Cllr Dolores Minogue
    Council Member Rep Cllr Pearse McGeough
    DOS Social & Community Joe McGuinness
    LEO Representative Thomas McEvoy
    Social Protection Representative Anne Keeley
    HSE Representative Fiona Murphy
    LMETB Representative Sadie Ward McDermott
    Community & Voluntary Rep Larry Magnier
    Community & Voluntary Rep Eva Beirne
    Social Inclusion Rep Geordie McAleer
    Social Inclusion Rep Kevin Moran
    Environmental Rep Breffni Martin
    Louth Leader Partnership Rep Mary Ann McGlynn
    Chamber of Commerce Dundalk Michael Gaynor
    Chamber of Commerce Drogheda Vacant
    ICTU Frank O’Brien
    Farming Rep Breda Tuite

     

    Chief Officer is Joe McGuinness

    The LCDC now has a significant oversight role with regard to the Social Inclusion Capital Activation Programme(SICAP) and is the Local Action Group (LAG) for the LEADER Programme.     Five representatives were elected from the PPN as follows:

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    Larry Magnier

     

    Rock Court Residents Association Voluntary Representative larrymagnier@gmail.com

     

    No
    Eva Beirne Cooley Peninsula Men’s Shed Voluntary Representative    
    Kevin Moran

     

    Dundalk Youth Centre

     

     

    Social Inclusion Representative kevin@dundalkyouthcentre.ie

     

    087 9344851
    Geordie McAteer Redeemer Family Resource Centre Social Inclusion Representative  

    familycentreredeemer@hotmail.com

     

    042 9386495

     

    Breffni Martin Louth Nature Trust Environment Representative bmartin@regintel.com

     

    087 9145363

     

  • Strategic Policy Committees

    All representatives of the Community, Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environment sectors must come through the PPN (Public Participation Network) electoral process.

    Each local authority has established SPCs which bring together both elected members, and people actively working with social, economic, cultural and environmental bodies to develop and review policies related to council services.  The SPCs thus provide elected members with external views as they discharge their strategic role in the development of the local authority, including their policy development and oversight roles within the local authority.

    The following Reps were elected from the PPN:

    SPC – Infrastructure, EU, Cross Border Affairs & Sustainable Energy

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    Martin Fealy Business Retail Union Ireland Voluntary martinfealy@gmail.com  
    Julianne Byrne Boyne Research Institute Environment jbyrne@boyneresearch.ie 041 9836041

     

     

    SPC – Housing, Community Planning & Emergency Services

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    Patrick A Halley Botharmaol Residents Association Voluntary    
    Garret Weldon North Dundalk Family Support Group Social Inclusion    

     

    SPC – Economic Development and Enterprise

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    Karen Devine Louth Nature Trust Environment    
    Pat Mulligan Dromiskin Tidy Towns Voluntary    

     

    SPC – Planning & Environment

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    Richie Barry Tallanstown Tidy Towns Voluntary    
    Breffni Martin Louth Nature Trust Environment    
  • Joint Policing Committee

    Louth County Council have established a Joint Policing Committee structure that reflects general structures in County Louth.  Its functions are provided for in the An Garda Siochana Act, 2005 and the associated revised Strategy Guidelines that were published in 2014.  The committees are as follows:-

    A Community Safety Strategy, which is the Joint Policing Strategy, has been adopted by the JPC structure, as the Strategy to underpin the work of the Committee. See link below.

    Community Safety Strategy.pdf (size 18.6 MB)

    Joint Policing Commmitte Steering Group

    A steering group made up of the Chief Executive, Chief Superintendent Louth Garda Division, Chairperson Louth County Council, Chairperson Drogheda Local Policing Forum, Chairperson Dundalk Local Policing Forum and Chairperson Ardee Local Policing Forum.

    The following representatives were elected from the PPN to sit on the Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee Local Policing Forums.

    Dundalk Local Policing Forum

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    John Temple College Manor & College Heights Residents Voluntary    
    Pat McVeigh Failte Abhaile

     

    Social Inclusion    

     

    Drogheda Local Policing Forum

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    Tony Mullins Boyne Hall Residents Association Voluntary    
    Flora Okobi Culture Connect Ltd

     

    Social Inclusion    

     

    Ardee Local Policing Forum

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    Hugh D. Conlon Scoraiocht Lannleire Voluntary    
  • Louth Drugs & Alcohol Forum

    Louth County Council has established a county wide Drugs and Alcohol Forum with the following objectives.

    • To promote and disseminate information on existing services available to County Louth through the forum members
    • To facilitate the exchange of information on issues, drug prevalence and gaps in service provision relating to problem substance use in County Louth
    • To share good practice, policy development and research findings on emerging trends of problem substance use in County Louth
    • To work cooperatively to deliver on the addiction-related actions within the various plans and support the provision of addiction-related services across County Louth
    • To operate in a solution focused manner to further develop and cultivate interagency cooperation addressing the needs of complex cases presenting to all services in a holistic and humanistic way.

     

    This forum sits below the Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum and will take its guidance also from the recently adopted Louth Community Safety Strategy.

    The below listed representatives were elected from the PPN from the Municipal District of Dundalk and the Borough District of Drogheda

     

    Dundalk Drugs & Alcohol Forum

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    Marian Sloan Turas Counselling Services Ltd Social Inclusion    

     

    Drogheda Drugs & Alcohol Forum

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    Louise Mahony Louth Community Drug & Alcohol Team Social Inclusion    
  • North Eastern Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force (NE-RDATF

    The North Eastern Regional Drugs & AlcoholTask Force (NE-RDATF) was established in 2003 as one of the key recommendations from the National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008 and covers the geographic counties, Louth, Meath, Cavan & Monaghan.

    Subsequent to this the National Drugs Strategy (interim) 2009-2016, was launched and since its inception it was decided by Government to develop a National Substance Misuse Strategy to incorporate both alcohol and drugs. The National Substance Misuse Strategy as recommended by the Steering Group  in February 2012, focuses on alcohol in particular and if agreed will be taken in conjunction with the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 as the overall National Substance Misuse Strategy until the end of 2016.

    In the meantime, the overall strategic objective of the interim strategy is, ‘To continue to tackle the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on the five pillars of supply reduction, education, treatment, rehabilitation and research.’

    With the emphasis primarily on a partnership approach, the Task Force brings together community and statutory representatives, to assist in implementing the strategic actions across five pillars to achieve the overall policy aims of the strategy at a regional level;

    The following representatives were elected from the PPN.

    North East Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force (NE-RDATF)

    Representative Organisation Pillar e-mail phone
    Norma Cooney

     

    Cox’s Demesne Youth & Community Project Social Inclusion    
    Michael D Hynes IMPERO Social Inclusion    
  • PEACE IV Programme

    The PEACE IV Programme is a unique cross-border initiative, financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. In addition to supporting peace and reconciliation, the ERDF also contributes to the promotion of social and economic stability, in particular through actions to promote cohesion between communities.

    The eligible area for the PEACE IV Programme for 2014-2020 is Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of Ireland (Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo).

    Programme Overview

    The Programme has four key priority areas where it wants to make significant and lasting changes: Shared Education; Children and Young People; Shared Spaces & Services and Building Positive Relations.

    Funding

    The total value of the PEACE IV Programme is €270m. The ERDF contribution is €229m (85%), and €41m (15%) will be provided in match-funding by the relevant Government Departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    In Louth, the indicative budget is €3,507,152 and is broken down under the following key objectives and actions of the PEACE IV Programme:

    Action Indicative Budget
    Children & Young People (aged 0-24) 736,970
    Shared Spaces Projects 1,245,273
    Building Positive Relations (Action Plans) 1,524,909
    Total Indicative Budget 3,507,152

    The Local Community Development Committee recently agreed to the establishment of a 21 member Peace IV Partnership to manage the preparation of the Action Plan and subsequent funding the PEACE IV Programme. The Partnership will have a varied representative base, including three from the PPN.   The below listed representatives were elected from the PPN.

    The following listed reps were elected from the PPN

    Peace IV Partnership Representatives

    Representative Organisation Municipal District

     

    e-mail phone
    Harry McCarthy Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust Dundalk events@cooleycomplex.com

     

     
    Flora Okobi Culture Connect Drogheda cultureconnect@ymail.com 087 1314312

     

    Charlene Duff ISPCC Ardee cduff@ispcc.ie 087 9081500