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2023 PPN County Plenary Meeting

You are cordially invited to the first PPN County Plenary Meeting in Longford library on Tuesday 9th May @ 7.00pm

Join us to receive important information and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Tess Murphy, PPN Secretariat will chair the meeting and Breda Greaves will give an update on the PPN Workplan 2023.

Our guest speakers include:

  • Barbara Heslin, Director of Service Longford County Council
  • Bernard Shea, Senior Engineer Environment
  • Karen Reilly, Multicultural Facilitator
  • Maria Keelty, PPN Disability Rep

Please pass this information on to all your group members.

You will then be invited to enjoy refreshments with an opportunity to network with other member groups.

Click to open meeting agenda

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Breda at bgreaves@longfordcoco.ie

We hope you join us on Tuesday 9th May @ 7pm.

CLÁR Funding 2023

Longford County Council in conjunction with the Department of Rural and Community Development invites Schools, Community & Voluntary Groups and Local Development Companies to apply for funding under the CLÁR 2023 Programme.

Measure 1 (M1): Developing Community Facilities & Amenities

Completed application forms under Measure 1 and supporting documentation should be emailed to CLAR@longfordcoco.ie by 4pm on Friday, 12 May 2023.

Late applications will not be accepted.

For Details, M1 Application Form, M1 Scheme Outline and CLÁR Maps please see CLÁR Programme – LongfordCoCo

Measure 2 (M2): Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport and
Measure 3 (M3): “Our Islands”

Applications under Measures 2 and 3 should be submitted directly to the Department. Find more information on them at gov.ie/DRCD

Heart of the Community Fund 2023

The Ireland Funds recognises the challenges organisations face in securing funding to build their capacity or meet their core costs, so the Heart of the Community Fund 2023 will provide Organisational Investment Grants with a fund of at least €500,000. The 2023 grant round designed to meet the needs of not-for-profit organisations delivering vital services and supports to people across the island of Ireland.

Priorities of the Fund

  • Facilitating re-engagement with Education & Learning (both formal & informal)
  • Building Community Resilience
  • Designing & Delivering Grassroots Peace & Reconciliation Activities
  • Protecting & Promoting the Arts
  • Supporting Local Solutions to Global Challenges

Closing date is Tuesday 9th May and this link has an information video, application guidelines, FAQs and other relevant information.

CLÁR Funding 2023

Please note applications for CLAR Funding 2023 are now open. Closing date for Measure 1 is by 4pm on Friday 12th May

Longford County Council in conjunction with the Department of Rural and Community Development invites Schools, Community & Voluntary Groups and Local Development Companies to apply for funding under the CLÁR 2023 Programme.

Measure 1 (M1): Developing Community Facilities & Amenities

Completed application forms under Measure 1 and supporting documentation should be emailed to CLAR@longfordcoco.ie by 4pm on Friday, 12 May 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.

For Details, M1 Application Form, M1 Scheme Outline and CLÁR Maps please see CLÁR Programme – LongfordCoCo

Measure 2 (M2): Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport and
Measure 3 (M3): “Our Islands”

Applications under Measures 2 and 3 should be submitted directly to the Department. Find more information on them at gov.ie/DRCD

Reminder Community Grant Support Scheme 2023

Longford County Council invites online applications under the Community Grant Support Scheme 2023.

The online application and Terms & Conditions are available on our webpage

The online application must be completed by the Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer of the Community Group.

Closing date for submission of online applications is by 4pm on Thursday, 27 April 2023.

Late applications will NOT be accepted.

For any queries, please email commgrants@longfordcoco.ie or call (043) 3343313 / 3343472.

March eBulletin Available

Our March eBulletin is now available. Click here to access it.

LEADER Programme Community Consultations

Leader Consultation Events Dates & Locations

FREE open day at REVAMP

Longford PPN and Longford Civil Defense Ukrainian Appeal

As you are all aware the Ukrainian people need our help and support in these devastating and harrowing times due to the unprovoked attack on their country by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Longford PPN and Longford Civil Defence are now launching an appeal for emergency items, non-perishable foods, animal food and toiletries. (Items listed below).

We would not be able to do this without the kind support of our Partners and dedicated drop off points:

  • Lús na Greine Family Resource Centre, Granard
  • Bridgeways Resource Centre, Ballymahon
  • Longford Women’s Link (training room)

Donations will be collected from the above depots at various intervals by Emma Reid and the Civil Defence team, itemised, recorded and stored in their store room. I have spoken with Green Speed and Dublin WOSP and a collection date will be finalised over the coming weeks. All donations will be transported to the Polish Red Cross.

Our thoughts are with Ukrainian people everywhere, our Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovakian and Romanian residents in County Longford and their countries who have stepped up and opened their doors to Ukrainian refugees. County Longford will continue to support you

Kind Regards,

Siobhán

Emergency Items Required

  • • Disposable gloves and face masks
  • • Sterile dressings
  • • First aid bands with dressings
  • • Corn removal plasters
  • • Bandages: regular and elastic
  • • Powerbanks, USB charging cables
  • • Battery operated flashlights
  • • Batteries
  • • Painkillers (paracetamol)

Non- Perishable Foods

  • Canned Food/ Non-perishable food
  • Cereals
  • Dry Rations (flour,milk food, pulses, rice, pasta, spices, sugar etc.)
  • Tea/ Coffee
  • Chocolate bars

Animal Food

  • Dog Food
  • Cat Food

Toiletries

  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Sanitary products
  • Shower Gel
  • Baby products (nappies, wipes, creams etc.)

County Longford PPN Municipal District Plenary Meetings March 2022

The PPN Secretariat are delighted to invite you and your group members to your plenary meeting in your municipal district.

  • Tues 8th March @ 7pm sharp, Granard Library           
  • Wed 9th March @7pm sharp, Ballymahon Library        
  • Thurs 10th March @7pm sharp, Longford Arms Hotel (small ballroom)

At the meeting, you will hear about the PPN work plan and take part in the Local Community Safety Partnership (LCSP) workshop which will be facilitated by the LCSP Coordinator, Janine Bartley.

The concept of community safety is about people being safe and feeling safe in their own community. Ireland is generally regarded as a safe country, with relatively low crime rates and a general feeling of safety and security.

However, the LCSP recognise that this is not the case in every section of the community and that people from disadvantaged areas or backgrounds, from vulnerable groups (such as older people, LGBTQI+, ethnic minorities) can have a different experience of  ‘safety’ in their community.

The LCSP (previously the Joint Policing Committee) is responsible for developing a tailored and prioritised local community safety plan for Longford in conjunction with both community and public services.

We want to build the capacity of local residents to help them to engage meaningfully in the Local Community Safety Partnership and grow local community leadership and participation.

Longford LCSP has identified 5 broad themes to develop the Community Safety Plan. There are lots of sub-topics that come under each theme so priorities can be identified. We want to know what you think the LCSP should focus on when developing a Community Safety Plan for Longford

  1. Policing and Emergency Services

(Crime, Garda Response, Drugs related Crime, Crime Prevention)

  1. Community Engagement and Development

(Improving Longford’s Image, Capacity Building, Community-Led Initiatives, work with minority/vulnerable groups)

  1. Youth;  Prevention Initiatives & Education

(Services and projects for young people, Education supports- all types, Awareness Campaigns for drugs, social issues, supporting jobs)

  1. Public Spaces and Amenities

(Improving public areas, dereliction, public lighting, Town Centre Renewal, CCTV)

  1. Community Services and Family Supports 

(Community & State agency supports, helping people accessing services, building better collaboration)

LCSP are also running a survey as part of a public consultation to develop the Community Safety Plan. Please click on the link below to take part in the survey

<https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6xsuRoHYITaNqmy>

Please click on the link below to read more about the LCSP project.

<https://www.longfordcoco.ie/longfordcoco/services/economic-community-development/community-development/longford-local-community-safety-partnership/>

The meetings will close with refreshments and the PPN Spin the Wheel raffle.

Look forward to meeting you all again in person. Please share this information with your group members.

Kind Regards,

Siobhán on behalf of the Longford PPN Secretariat

Siobhán Cronogue

PPN Development Officer,

Public Participation Network

E-mail  ppn@longfordcoco.ie or scronogue@longfordcoco.ie

Draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-27 – Presentation by LAWP to PPN on 25.11.2021

The Local Authority Waters Programme gave an online presentation on the Draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027 to PPN members on the 25th November 2021.

Karen Kennedy, Community Water Officer, Local Authority Waters Programme and Joan Martin, Catchment Scientist presented on the evening.

The draft River Basin Management Plan aims to protect and restore good water quality in our rivers and lakes benefiting health, biodiversity, climate, and communities.

The presentation was titled Our Waters, Our Future, Our Plan covered;

  • An overview of Draft River Basin Management Plan – what it is, why it’s important, pressures on our waters, actions proposed to help protect and improve water quality, who will be responsible for delivery
  • Work to date protecting and restoring our rivers and lakes
  • Current water quality trends, both nationally and in Co. Longford
  • Community engagement and involvement
  • What needs to happen to protect and restore good water quality in the rivers and lakes of Co. Longford and,
  • how to make a submission – your views and comments on what needs to happen to protect and restore water quality in your local stream, river or lake.

Link to the presentation below:

Draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-27 Presentation

Please also see the link to the Local Authority Waters Programme’s virtual consultation room

https://drbmp-vcr.ie/ which provides accessible information on the draft Plan.

Below are links to websites that were mentioned and will provide further information.

https://lawaters.ie/

https://www.catchments.ie/

https://www.water.ie/news/boil-water-notice-issued-35/

 

 

 

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