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.
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
Key Principles Guiding PPN Representatives
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding Out More and Having an Input
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.
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 Council Member Rep Cllr Liam Reilly (Chairperson) 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 Annette McDonnell LMETB Representative Sadie Ward McDermott Community & Voluntary Rep Larry Magnier Community & Voluntary Rep Joanne Finnegan Social Inclusion Rep Geordie McAteer Social Inclusion Rep Kevin Moran Environmental Rep Breffni Martin Louth Leader Partnership Rep Ciaran Reid Chamber of Commerce Dundalk Michael Gaynor Chamber of Commerce Drogheda Breanndán Casey LVC Gráinne Berrill Farming Rep Matthew McGreehan
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 phone Larry Magnier Rock Court Residents Association Voluntary Representative firstname.lastname@example.org No Joanne Finnegan ALONE Voluntary Representative Kevin Moran Dundalk Youth Centre Social Inclusion Representative email@example.com 087 9344851 Geordie McAteer Redeemer Family Resource Centre Social Inclusion Representative
Breffni Martin Louth Nature Trust Environment Representative firstname.lastname@example.org 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 phone Martin Fealy Business Retail Union Ireland Voluntary Vacant Environment
SPC – Housing, Community Planning & Emergency Services
Representative Organisation Pillar 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 phone Karen Devine Louth Nature Trust Environment Pat Mulligan Dromiskin Tidy Towns Voluntary
SPC – Planning & Environment
Representative Organisation Pillar 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.
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 phone John Temple College Manor & College Heights Residents Voluntary Pat McVeigh Failte Abhaile Social Inclusion
Drogheda Local Policing Forum
Representative Organisation Pillar phone Tony Mullins Boyne Hall Residents Association Voluntary Flora Okobi Culture Connect Ltd Social Inclusion
Ardee Local Policing Forum
Representative Organisation Pillar 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 phone Marian Sloan Turas Counselling Services Ltd Social Inclusion
Drogheda Drugs & Alcohol Forum
Representative Organisation Pillar 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 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).
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.
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 phone Harry McCarthy Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust Dundalk email@example.com Flora Okobi Culture Connect Drogheda firstname.lastname@example.org 087 1314312 Charlene Duff ISPCC Ardee email@example.com 087 9081500