PPN County Plenary Meeting – 17th November @ 7pm

PPN County Plenary Meeting, Wednesday, November 17th @ 7pm – 8.30pm.

We are delighted to announce guest speakers:

Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive, Longford County Council who will speak about the County Development Plan 2021 – 2027 and let us know all the exciting plans for Longford over the coming years.

Fr. Sean Healy, Social Justice Ireland who will speak about the successes and challenges of PPN’s and what he believes our future holds. Sean led the working group who recommended the establishment of PPN’s in late 2013.

Siobhán Cronogue, PPN Development Officer, will also give an update on the PPN workplan 2021 and of course we will close the meeting with our raffle.

Meeting link has been circulated to our members.  To register for the meeting email hgorman@longfordcoco.ie or ppn@longfordcoco.ie.

Press Release: 11th Nov 2021 : Climate Action Fund

Climate Action Fund

The Climate Action Fund (CAF) was established to provide assistance and financial support to projects which will help Ireland achieve its climate and energy targets. The CAF will provide at least €500 million in government funding up to 2027 towards this aim. The Fund will allow for the development of innovative initiatives which, without this support, may not otherwise be possible to accomplish. The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) is responsible for the Fund’s implementation.

More information https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/de5d3-climate-action-fund/

Press Release 11th Nov 2021: Ministers announce €9 million Fund to support community groups impacted by COVID-19

Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce €9 million Fund to support community groups impacted by COVID-19

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, have today announced a €9 million fund to support community groups impacted by COVID-19.

The Community Activities Fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their running costs such as utility or insurance bills, as well as with improvements to their facilities.

More information at https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/c53a9-ministers-humphreys-and-obrien-announce-9-million-community-activities-fund/

Press Release 11th Nov 2021 Dept. of Rural & Community Development

Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien launch ‘Local Economic and Community Plans Guidelines 2021’

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, have today 11th November 2021 launched new guidelines on the development of Local and Economic Community Plans.

Local and Economic Community Plans (LECPs) detail how Local Authorities will support economic and community development in their areas over the next six years.

The new guidelines will assist with the development of the plans for local areas, with a key focus on sustainability, consultation and engagement with local communities and businesses.

More information here

PPN County Plenary Meeting – Wednesday 17th November 2021

PPN County Plenary Meeting, Wednesday, November 17th @ 7pm – 8.30pm.

We are delighted to announce guest speakers:

Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive, Longford County Council who will speak about the County Development Plan 2021 – 2027 and let us know all the exciting plans for Longford over the coming years.

Fr. Sean Healy, Social Justice Ireland who will speak about the successes and challenges of PPN’s and what he believes our future holds. Sean led the working group who recommended the establishment of PPN’s in late 2013.

Siobhán Cronogue, PPN Development Officer, will also give an update on the PPN workplan 2021 and of course we will close the meeting with our raffle.

‘Operation Blue Santa’

Longford PPN have teamed up with the Community Gardai in the Granard and Longford MD’s to work on a fund raising event called “Operation Blue Santa”. Operation Blue Santa will ensure six local charities receive funds to support families in need this Christmas. The charities are:

  • Longford Women’s Link    (043) 3341151
  • Bridgeways Family Resource Centre   (090) 643 2691
  • Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre  (043) 6660977
  • St. Christopher’s Services  (043) 3341769
  • Longford Community Resources CLG  (043) 3345555
  • Little Blue Hero’s

To help with this the Band of An Garda Síochána will perform a concert in St. Mel’s Cathedral on Sunday 31st October 2021 @3pm.  Tickets are €10 each and are available for purchase from each of the above charities or at the PPN, Longford County Council, Great Water Street, Longford.  

Please would really appreciate your support !   Thank you 

 

Launch of Longford Local Environmental Network

You are invited by Francesca Pawelczyk, Environmental Rep, PPN Secretariat with the support of County Longford PPN to the virtual screening of the film 2040 to mark the launch of Longford Local Environmental Network. 

“Damon embarked on a global journey to meet innovators and changemakers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education and sustainability.

Drawing on their expertise, he sought to identify the best solutions, available to us now, that would help improve the health of our planet and the societies that operate within it” 

The film will be available to view for free on the 9th and 10th October

Register by email at LongfordLEN@gmail.com or hgorman@longfordcoco.ie

A virtual launch of the Longford Local Environmental Network will be held on Tuesday the 12th October @ 19.00hrs (7pm)

Guest Speakers at the launch will be:

Longford Mayor, Councillor Uruemu Adejinmi

Longford County Council Climate Action Officer, Bernard Shea

Irish Environmental Network Development Officer, Catherine O’Toole

Longford PPN Development Officer, Siobhán Cronogue

The aims of the Longford LEN are to create a space for people to connect and discuss environmental concerns; share (local area) knowledge and information; host and promote events; develop and provide support for projects; and help make the Public Participation Network’s Wellbeing Visions a reality

Register for the launch by email at LongfordLEN@gmail.com or hgorman@longfordcoco.ie

PPN Rep Vacancies – Seeking Nominations

Community representative vacancies have arisen on the following committees/board:

 

  • PPN Secretariat1 Community & Voluntary Representative;

 

  • Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) – 1 Community & Voluntary Representative and 2 Social Inclusion Representatives;

 

  • Climate Action and Planning Strategic Policy Committee (SPC)1 Environmental Represesntative;

 

  • Longford Community Safety Partnership (LCSP) : – 8 Community Representatives
    • 4 Local Resident representatives who live in the area to represent new communities, minority communities, victims’ groups, residents’ associations, tidy towns group/development associations;
    • 2 Community representatives involved in community/social projects;
    • 2 Youth representatives, including a young person under the age of 25.

County Longford PPN are currently seeking nominations for the above voluntary positions. If you or a member of your group would like to go forward for election can you please complete the nomination form which has been forwarded to your group contact or download a nomination form at the following link  PPN Rep Nomination Form 2021

The deadline for submission of interest is 5pm, Friday 16th July 2021.

As we are unable to meet in person due to the current COVID19 restrictions, the PPN Secretariat will ensure that all groups have an opportunity to participate in a fair and transparent manner. Once nominations are received, elections will take place by using a blended approach i.e. online and postal voting.

If you have any questions regarding the PPN Secretariat, Local Community Safety Partnership or the PPN process for seeking nominations/elections please do not hesitate to contact the ppn at email ppn@longfordcoco.ie or phone: 043 33 43492/087 261 5583.  Further information on all committees below:

Community & Voluntary PPN Secretariat C&V PPN Secretariat

LCDC  LCDC Info

Local Community Safety Partnership Local Community Safety Partnership

Climate Action and Planning SPC  Climate Action and Planning SPC Info

If you require further information on the LCDC or Climate Action and Planning SPC, please contact Ciaran Murphy, Senior Executive Officer, Longford County Council on 043 33 43506 or email: cmurphy@longfordcoco.ie .

Election of Cathaoirleach and Leas Cathaoirleach for Longford County Council and for each the Municipal Districts

Cathaoirligh and Leas Cathaoirligh elected at 2021 Annual Meetings

Longford County Council.

Annual Meeting held on 30th June 2021.

Cathaoirleach                    Councillor Peggy Nolan.

Leas Cathaoirleach           Councillor Paraic Brady

Granard Municipal District

Annual Meeting held on 22nd June 2021

Cathaoirleach                     Councillor Paraic Brady

Leas Cathaoirleach            Councillor Garry Murtagh

Ballymahon Municipal District

Annual Meeting held on 24th June 2021

Cathaoirleach                     Councillor  Mick Cahill

Leas Cathaoirleach            Councillor   Paul Ross

Longford Municipal District

Annual Meeting held on  23rd  June 2021

Cathaoirleach                      Councillor Uruemu Adejinmi

Leas Cathaoirleach             Councillor Gerry Hagan

Dept of Rural & Community Development Webinar ‘Our Rural Future’ 23rd June 2021

Please see below the links to accompany the attached presentation on #Our Rural Future to PPN’s for circulation to all stakeholders in your PPN.  Dept. of Rural & Community Development Presentation link  Our Rural Future – PPN

You will also find more information at the following links

Our Rural Future, (overall policy for 2021-2025): https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/4c236-our-rural-future-vision-and-policy-context/

2021 Work Programme, containing actions and deadlines: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/bcbca-our-rural-future-annual-work-programmes-and-progress-reports/

PPN Municipal District (MD) Plenary Meetings – 18th, 19th and 20th May 2021

Dear PPN Members,

You are cordially invited to the PPN Municipal District (MD) Plenary Meeting for your area. Based on topics that are currently of interest to community members the PPN Secretariat are delighted to announce the following Guest Speakers for all three meetings:

Catherine O’ Toole, Irish Environmental Network – will present the benefits of establishing a Longford Environmental Network. As you maybe aware groups such as Tidy Towns and other environmental interest groups can now transfer from the Community & Voluntary College of the PPN to the Environmental College. If your group does not wish to transfer, members/individuals of any community group who are interested in environmental issues and how Longford can respond are invited to join the Longford Environmental Network, an initiative brought forward by Francesca Pawelczyk, PPN Environmental Rep on the Secretariat.

Christine Collins, Longford County Council Broadband and Digital Officer – will share vital information and bring you up to speed on the county’s Community Hubs, what they will be used for, who can use them, what training will be provided to the public, where the funding for these hubs came from, how they will be managed and much more.

Clare McEnroe, Grow Remote Longford Chapter– will also share vital information on how you can find remote work and continue to live locally.

If you have any specific questions for any of the speakers please submit them to Helen or Siobhán prior to the meeting so we can stick to the meeting time schedule. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions on the night.

The meetings will close with our normal raffle, 1st prize €200, 2nd prize €100 and 3rd prize €50.

Meeting details below: Members can register for their MD Meeting by emailing Helen Gorman, hgorman@longfordcoco.ie or Siobhán Cronogue at ppn@longfordcoco.ieLooking forward to seeing you all then !

Granard MD Plenary Meeting

Date/Time : Tues 18th May 2021, 7pm via MS Teams.

Ballymahon MD Plenary Meeting

Date/ Time : Wed 19th May 2021, 7pm via MS Teams

Longford MD Plenary Meeting

Date/Time : Thurs 20th May 2021, 7pm via MS Teams

Longford County Council’s Longford Municipal District Meeting April 2021

See below Agenda for Longford County Council’s Longford Municipal District meeting to be held via Microsoft Teams on 28th April 2021. This meeting is open to the public.

LONGFORD MUNICIPAL DISTRICT

Please note meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams. 22nd April 2021.

To:   Each Member of Longford Municipal District.                                                 

Dear Member,

You are requested to attend the Meeting of Longford Municipal District to be held

via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 28th April 2021 at 4.30 p.m. to transact business, as set out on the Agenda hereunder.

Yours sincerely,

Ann Marie Mc Keon

________________

Ann Marie Mc Keon

Meetings Administrator.

 

AGENDA

Prayer before meeting.

  1. Confirmation of Minutes:

(a)       Longford Municipal District Meeting held on the 24th March 2021 – copy

enclosed.

(b)       Longford Municipal District Committee Meeting held on the 24th March 2021

– copy enclosed.

  1. Matters arising from Minutes.
  2. Declaration of Interest by Members.
  3. Management Report – enclosed.
  4. Consideration of three applications for funding under the 2021 Community Grant

Support Scheme – list enclosed

6.  Consideration of Adoption of Part 8, No. 84, R198 Battery Road Rehabilitation Scheme

at Battery Road, Longford Report in Accordance with Section 179 of the Planning and

Development Act 2000 (as amended) and Part 8 of the Planning & Development             Regulations 2001 (As Amended) – details enclosed.

  1. Notices of Motions, submitted by Councillors, as listed hereunder 

Councillor John Browne

“In Interest of safety I call on Longford County Council to have the damaged section of the R198 roadway, repaired and overlaid between Cahanagh Cross and the Creenagh Lane.

The road on one side has deteriorated following various repairs carried out, arising from bursts in the mains water pipe over the past few years and recent pipe laying along the other side of the main road is leading to subsidence.

            Councillor Seamus Butler

‘That Longford Municipal District will provide whatever civil works and assistances that are required to mount the Squirrel statue prototype provided by the Mide Arts Group in Newtownforbes’

Councillor Seamus Butler

‘could we please have an update on the taking in charge of Leader Park’

Councillor Uruemu Adejinmi

“I call on Longford County Council to extend the footpath on Knockmartin Lane to the N4 and link it to the Drumlish road to form a loop and create a safe walking route for residents.”

Garda Youth Awards 2021

The Roscommon-Longford Garda Division, in association with Roscommon and Longford County Councils, are delighted to hold the 3rd annual Roscommon-Longford Garda Youth Awards.

The awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years.  Roscommon-Longford Gardai, along with Roscommon and Longford County Councils, recognise that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community throughout both counties which should be rewarded.

Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence, make their communities a better place to live.  There will be four (4) winners of the Roscommon-Longford Garda Youth Awards for 2021:

  • Individual – where a young person has made a positive contribution to their community making it a better place to live.
  • Group – where 2 or more made a positive contribution to their community making it a better place to live.
  • Special Achievement – where a young person has overcome difficult circumstances, defied all the odds and whose commitment deserves recognition.
  • Community Safety – where a young person or persons, through a crime prevention or safety initiative / innovation, have made their community a safer place to live in.

A judging panel will decide upon a nominee in each category and their nomination form will then be forwarded to represent the Roscommon-Longford Garda Division for consideration for the National Garda Youth Awards in October, 2021.  It is hoped that the Roscommon-Longford Garda Youth Awards will be presented at a virtual ceremony before the end of May.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could circulate the attached nomination form and media consent form to relevant persons/organisations/groups under your responsibility, where applicable.

Nomination forms (in typed format) and media consent forms should be emailed to Roscommon.GardaYouthAwards@Garda.ie or posted/handed in to the Community Policing Unit at Castlerea / Granard / Longford / Roscommon Garda stations or directly to Garda Angela Mullooly, Strokestown Garda Station, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon F42 EY27 before Friday, 30th April, 2020.

Should you any queries please do not hesitate to contact Angela by email at Angela.M.Mullooly@Garda.ie or at Strokestown Garda Station 071-963 3002 or 087-7955098.

Sent by Garda Angela Mullooly on behalf of Inspector David Cryan, Community Policing Unit, Roscommon-Longford.

Media Consent Form -Youth Awards

Nomination Form – Garda Youth Awards

PPN Global Goals Session ‘Protecting the Planet, the Animals and the People’

The PPN Global Goals on-line session held in March was delivered by Longford PPN and facilitated Wellbeing Coach /Consultant Anna D. Atkinson.   The Global Goals Sessions explore themes relating to the Sustainable Development Goals. This month’s session focused on climate change, sustainability, ethical living, and the impact of our everyday actions on the planet, people, and animals.  To view the full presentation see the link below:

Lus na Greine Youth Group

PPN County Plenary Meeting on-line on Wednesday 10th March

On 10th March the Public Participation Network were delighted to welcome member groups throughout County Longford to the first County Plenary Meeting of 2021.

 

The meeting was chaired by Tess Murphy, Secretariat and Siobhán presented an update on the PPN Workplan 2021 to date.  

 

Guest speakers on the night were:

 

  • Anne Marie Corroon, Westmeath County Council and the N4 Mullingar to Longford (Roosky) Project Team annemarie.corroon@westmeathcoco.ie

 

  • Tara Farrell, CEO, Longford Womens Link tarafarrell@lwl.ie

 

  • Michelle Maher (SHE – See Her Elected project) info@seeherelected.ie

 

  • Diarmuid Murray, Agricultural Affairs, Macra na Feirme murraydiarmuid@gmail.com

Recording of PPN County Plenary Meeting 10th March 2021

PPN Global Goals ‘Women, Wellbeing & Climate Change’ Presentation Friday 26th February 2021

The PPN Global Goals on-line session took place on Friday 26th February.  This session was the sixth in a series of online Global Goals sessions delivered by Longford PPN and facilitated Wellbeing Coach /Consultant Anna D. Atkinson.   The Global Goals Sessions explore themes relating to the Sustainable Development Goals. This month’s session was entitled ‘Women, Wellbeing & Climate Change’.  The link for the presentation is below together with additional interesting video links embedded in the presentation on the subject.

Women, Wellbeing & Climate Change

PPN/ICA Longford

Longford PPN in association with the ICA Guilds in the county are working hard to ensure everyone stays connected during the current COVID19 restrictions. From writing letters/cards to making calls, baking bread to making jam we are here for you!!!!
For further information please contact Olive Quinn, Longford Federation ICA President on 086 8368277 or Siobhán Cronogue, PPN Coordinator on 087 261 5583/ email ppn@longfordcoco.ie
This campaign is part of the National “Keep Well” Campaign and is funded under the Community Resilience Fund.
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PPN Global Goals – Fairtrade & Ethical Consumption Matters

On Friday 29th January 2021 Longford PPN and Wellbeing Coach Anna D Atkinson delivered a presentation and discussion on Fairtrade & Ethical Consumption Matters.  Fairtrade International is a human rights-based movement which campaigns for trade justice and promotes fair and responsible consumption and production. This online session was one in a series of workshops delivered by Longford PPN the aim of which was to raise community awareness and encourage engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as the Global Goals (SDGs).  Focusing specifically on Fairtrade, this interactive session looked at ways in which we can alter our impact on the environment by making alternative choices in relation to choosing Fairtrade products.

View Anna’s presentation below :

Fairtrade & Ethical Consumption Matters

Social Justice Ireland – Visions for Community Wellbeing – Public Participation Networks Podcast

There has been a recent political shift towards wellbeing, with talk of a Wellbeing Budget for 2021 and the publication of a discussion document on Wellbeing Indicators with that Budget. This is a good thing, but how those Wellbeing Indicators are developed, and who is consulted, will be key to their success.

In 2018, the Public Participation Networks (PPNs) embarked on a large consultative project to develop Visions for Community Wellbeing across all Local Authority areas. This process saw community groups come together to develop a vision for their community for this and future generations.

In this episode of Social Justice Matters, Colette Bennett speaks to Siobhán Cronogue of Longford PPN, Helen Howes of County Wicklow PPN and Dr. Harriet Emerson, independent consultant, about the process of developing these Visions; their policy impact, and the potential for this process to inform the national Wellbeing Indicators.

To listen to the podcast click on the link below:

Social Justice Ireland – Visions for Community Wellbeing PPN Podcast

PPN Global Goals On-line Workshop – Have a Happy Ethical Christmas

On Thursday 10th December Longford PPN and Wellbeing Coach Anna D Atkinson delivered a seasonal workshop and discussion and shared ideas, hints and tips on how to make more creative choices to ensure your Christmas celebrations are more sustainable and earth friendly.  This online workshop was one in a series of workshops delivered by Longford PPN the aim of which was to raise community awareness and encourage engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as the Global Goals. Focusing specifically on the Christmas Season, this interactive session looked at ways in which we can alter our impact on the environment by making alternative choices in relation to how we shop, exchange gifts, eat and celebrate.

View Anna’s presentation below:

Have a Happy Ethical Christmas