The Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Sean Kyne TD, today (4 September 2018) launched the Public Participation Network Annual Report 2017.
“I am very pleased to see that substantial progress has been made in the on-going development of Public Participation Networks (PPNs) since the inaugural Annual Report in respect of 2016,” the Minister said.
In 2017 Fingal PPN increased its membership by 24% to 572, delivered 45 hours of training to 254 participants, and supported 36 volunteers who represented communities on 9 boards and committees. The PPN also serviced 6 thematic networks (Linkage Groups) with well over 150 community groups participating in these.
Public Participation Networks were established in all Local Authority areas following the enactment of the Local Government Reform Act 2014. Their main function is to facilitate and enable the local community to interact with local government and other relevant legislation for the good of their communities.
The Minister who recently visited Fingal PPN continued: “Public Participation Networks are helping make local and national government more inclusive and reflective. The Networks, such as the Fingal PPN, increase the representation and the voice of communities and provide a forum for community and voluntary organisations. I found meeting Fingal PPN to be both helpful and constructive in understanding activities of PPNs and the issues facing the Networks. The feedback and views provided by the members of Fingal PPN will be helpful for Government as we work to strengthen and support the PPNs.”
Commenting on the report, Mary Harford of Fingal PPN Secretariat “We are proud of the progress Fingal PPN has made since the first annual report was published in 2016. The PPN has grown significantly over the course of 2017, with the recruitment of a staff member, the increase in membership, a move towards a plain English approach and more recently the launch of our Strategic Plan.”
Minister Kyne re-iterated his Department’s commitment to the continued strengthening of PPNs so that they achieve their full potential for the benefit of local communities and local democracy.
The Minister also congratulated the National PPN Advisory Group for their work in the preparation of the Annual Report and their ongoing support of the Department in the development of PPNs.
Fingal Public Participation Network is co-funded and supported by Fingal County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Download the full annual report here: Public Participation Networks Annual Report 2017