What is Kildare Public Participation Network?
Kildare Public Participation Network was established to allow communities within County Kildare to have greater involvement with the Local Authority and to give the community a greater voice and influence on issues and policies of interest to them.
Public Participation Networks (PPN’s) were set up following the enactment of the Local Government Act 2014 to act as an inclusive and independent structure that facilitates public consultation and public participation in policy and decision making.
The PPN provides the structure to facilitate the two way flow of information between the Local Authority and the Community and Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environmental groups in County Kildare. The PPN facilities this through electing PPN representatives to sit on various committees within Kildare Council to have their impact.
- To facilitate and encourage public participation in local decision making
- To facilitate the representation of the Community and Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environmental groups onto decision making bodies
- To strengthen the capacity of organisations to contribute positively to the community
- Encourage greater participation in public decision making which leads to more effective and better targeted policies and programmes at local level and where necessary at a regional and national level
- Develop alternative methods and models of working which seek to directly involve and empower groups and individuals within the community.
- Support Kildare PPN representatives to achieve the policy objective of Kildare PPN
The Plenary, which is comprised of all the independent member groups of the PPN, meet twice a year to review the workings of the PPN and set the agenda for the approaching period. The Plenary is the key decision maker of the PPN. Their role is to direct the operation of the PPN, setting overall PPN policy and processes. Each independent member group have one vote in the Plenary.
The Secretariat is group of PPN members that are elected by the member groups of the Kildare PPN. Their role is to
- co-ordinate the activities of Kildare PPN
- ensure the efficient implementation of the Kildare PPN decisions
- ensure the proper functioning of the PPN between Plenaries
- communicate regularly with PPN members and in this process share information concerning all PPN activities as widely as possible.
To view the Kildare PPN Secretariat click here.
The PPN provides the structure to facilitate the two way flow of information between the Local Authority and the Community and Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environmental groups in County Kildare. The PPN facilities this through electing PPN representatives to sit on various committees within Kildare County Council to have their impact and facilitate the two way flow of information between the Local Authority and the Community and Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environmental groups in County Kildare.
A PPN Representative is elected for a fixed term to represent the PPN on a specific Board or Committee including the following:
- Local Community Development Committee
- Strategic Policy Committees
- Joint Policing Committee
- Kildare Heritage Forum
They are elected onto a Committee my members of the PPN. A PPN Representative does not just represent the group they are a member of, they represent the PPN as a whole and are guided by a linkage group.
To view Kildare PPN Representatives, click here.
Linkage groups are the way that member organisations can have a real input into policy in Kildare. Linkage groups bring together stakeholder organisations or special interest groups with a common interest to discuss their views and interests in a specific area.
Their role is to act as a reference pint for Kildare PPN representatives in the thematic areas and facilitate communication between the Kildare PPN representatives and membership.
Kildare PPN currently have 4 Linkage Groups:
- Heritage, Tourism & Cultural Linkage Group
- Community Linkage Group
- Environment & Infrastructure Linkage Group
- Disability & Wellbeing Linkage Group
The Kildare PPN coordinator is Bernard Higgins. His role is to support the work of the Secretariat to develop the PPN in Kildare as an effective structure to promote public engagement and participation via the environmental, social inclusion and community & voluntary sectors in accordance with the relevant guidelines.
The Kildare PPN Support Worker is Grace Clarke. Her role is to support and assist the coordinator to develop the PPN in Kildare as an effective structure to promote public engagement and participation.