Welcome to Kerry PPN

The Kerry PPN is the main link through which the Local Authority connects with the Environmental, Social Inclusion, Community and Voluntary Organisations and allows community participation in policy-making structures and committees of Council.

What is the Kerry Public Participation Network?

Kerry Public Participation Network has been established to enable people and community groups in Co Kerry to have a say on issues that concern them. These Public Participation Networks (PPNs) are structures for public engagement and participation in Local Government in each Local Authority area. Kerry Public Participation Network is also a Registered Charity. RCN  20204668

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How does my group get involved?

Kerry Public Participation Network is the best way your group or community can become involved in shaping the future of Co Kerry. Membership of the PPN provides opportunities for better representation, networking, information sharing and input into policy development Read more

How do I register

Registration is easy. Simply click here and complete the Registration Form. There is no charge. Registered groups receive regular updates, information on funding opportunities and also benefit from the group insurance scheme.

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Cyber Security

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Christmas 2019 Seasonal Awareness

The NCSC would like to remind everyone that the Christmas period is a particularly opportune time for criminals to take advantage of unsuspecting online shoppers.

Email is a common attack vector for such crimes with over 90% of cyber attacks beginning with an email. In addition to the regular email phishing; phones are also targeted through SMS phishing (smishing) and through malicious links embedded in popular messaging & social media apps. Another attack method used by cyber criminals is fake refund or shipment tracking sites that attempt to harvest credentials (username/passwords/credit card details etc.) from unsuspecting members of the public.

The success of these tactics are based on the increased likelihood of using an online platform to purchase goods over the festive period, coupled with the increased urgency people feel to track their purchased goods in order for them to arrive in time for Christmas. This can lead to some people being less vigilant about clicking links and visiting sites than they might otherwise be throughout the rest of the year.

Christmas messages from untrusted sources that ask a user to click a link or play a video/audio file etc. should not be clicked. Even if the source is trusted, extreme caution should be exercised as the source itself may have been compromised or spoofed. Be particularly vigilant around New Year and Christmas Eve when the volume of messages, both legitimate and malicious, increase greatly.

Here is some general advice around staying secure online below:

  • Create strong complex passwords and do not use the same password across different accounts. The NCSC strongly encourages the use of a password manager in order to manage multiple online accounts.
  • Please be wary of unsolicited phone calls claiming to be from banks, internet providers or any other entity requesting passwords, usernames or money for any service. If necessary contact the site or service through an established contact method and not through any links or numbers provided within the communication received.
  • Invoice re-direction/Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud is prevalent at this time of the year as businesses are preparing for financial year end. People should be wary of this and enhanced vigilance should be practiced when receiving emails from vendors/clients notifying of a change of bank account and requesting payments made into the new account. Users should verify the change using established forms of communication and not through contact details within the suspicious email.
  • Do not enter your account credentials if you receive an unsolicited email purporting to be an online shipment company without verifying first. In the event of users wishing to query the status of a particular item they should take note of reference numbers etc. provided at the time of original purchase and ensure these match any subsequent correspondence.
  • Manually type in URLs to sites you want to visit rather than clicking on links.
  • Be wary of fake websites. When browsing, make sure each site you visit starts with HTTPS, this indicates that malicous 3rd parties cannot intercept any of the details being sent between you and the website you are currently visiting.
  • Use caution when connecting to public Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi is often targeted by malicious actors and used to eavesdrop on unsuspecting users online activity. We would recommend that you use the mobile network if in doubt.
  • Secure your devices and accounts:
    • –  Deploy Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on all of your accounts where possible
    • –  Only install apps from the offical App Store or Play Store and assess the permissions that each app requests in your phone settings, such as access to your text messages, contacts, stored passwords, photos and administrative features
    • –  Make sure to update the device software and applications to the latest version
    • –  Use an ad blocker locally on your browser. These will often block any malvertising

      campaigns that aim to capitalise on shoppers looking for deals

    • –  Consider installing reputable anti-virus software on the device
    • –  Select the most secure settings on your device
    • –  Turn off Bluetooth when you are not using it

      It should be noted that even the most advanced threat actors use these methods, particularly at this time of year, to gain unauthorised access to networks, or at the very least steal users’ credentials. If you suspect that your details may have been compromised, contact your bank and please report the crime to your local Garda station.

      The NCSC would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our constitiuents a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

National Cyber Security Centre,
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, 29-31 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.
(01) 6782333 • info@ncsc.gov.ie • https://www.ncsc.gov.ie

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S.P.C ELECTIONS

The following have been nominated from the C&V Pillar to represent the Kerry PPN on the Economic Development, Enterprise and Community Strategic Policy Committee (one Seat)

This shows their name and their main organisation, who nominated them and a shortened Bio as submitted by them 

Anluan Dunne ; Kerry PPN Secretariat representing the Community & Voluntary Pillar,

Nominated by and a member of Kerry Cycling Campaign

Areas of particular interest are sustainable transport, pedestrian/cycling infrastructure and sustainable Communities

John O’Sullivan ; Kerry PPN Secretariat representing the Listowel M.D. Area

Nominated by and a member of Killocrim/Finuge Fishing Club

Particular areas of interest protecting the landscape and environment of the entire county and the long term strategic planning Kerry County

Michael O’Mahony ; Rathmore Community

Nominated by and a member of Rathmore Community Council

Is a Peace Commissioner . PRO of the East Kerry GAA Board and involved in the Community in Rathmore

Eugene Finn ; Camp Community Council

Nominated by and Chairman of Camp Community Council Ltd,.

Recognises the importance of linking in to services and providing supports for the wider community and feels membership of the SPC will support this

Tadhg O’Donoghue ; Kilgarven GAA Club

Nominated by and a member of Kilgarven GAA Club

He has been a member of the Tourism Culture Arts and Recreation SPC for the past five years.

Tony O’Hanlon ; Asdee Active Retirement Group

Nominated by and a member of the Asdee Active Retirement Group.

Has spent 16 years working in the Developing World and has a strong background in supporting and empowering communities and is a strong advocate for social justice.

The following have been nominated from the C&V Pillar to represent the Kerry PPN on the Culture Heritage & Gaeltacht Strategic Policy Committee (one Seat)

Declan Evans nominated by and a member of  K-FEST Arts Festival

Also a member of Biddy’s Day, Killorglin Drama Group and Killorglin Archive Group. Very active community member with strong interests in Culture and Heritage .

Michael O’Mahony and Tadhg O’Donoghue are also nominated for this SPC their details are above

 

A VOTING FORM FOR EACH SPC ELECTION WILL BE E MAILED TO THE REGISTERED CONTACT OF ALL COMMUNITY & VOLUNTARY GROUPS ON MONDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2019.

EACH GROUP HAS ONE VOTE FOR EACH SPC SHOULD THEY WISH TO USE IT.

THE COMPLETED VOTING FORM MUST BE EMAILED BACK TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS SHOWN BY 5PM ON FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2019 OR IF POSTED TO ARRIVE AT THE ADDRESS SHOWN BY MONDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2019.

THE COUNT WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2019.

 

 

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WINTER DRIVING

 

The Road Safety Authority have issued a simple checklist on how to prepare for Winter Driving and I would ask everyone to just take a few moments to read the tips below and be prepared.

TOP 10 TIPS FOR WINTER DRIVING

Taking a number of simple precautions can ensure safety on Irish roads during winter. Don’t get caught out if severe weather hits, make the necessary checks on your vehicle now. There are a number of simple precautions the RSA advises for driving over the winter months:

 

  1. Get a Grip & Check your Tyres. They are your only contact with the road. Tyres should be at least the minimum legal thread depth of 1.6mm but need to be changed before they get this worn. Tyres need to be to the correct tyre pressure to give the motorist the best chance in extreme conditions.
  2. Check & Use your lights. As we come into the winter months, motorists are advised to use dipped head lights during the day so you are easily seen. Headlights and taillights should be in working order.
  3. Give yourself a ‘Brake. Know your braking distances. Ensure you know the stopping distance in different conditions such as rain, ice or snow.
  4. Keep a Safe Distance. It takes longer to stop a car during the winter weather so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car in front. Watch out in particular for conditions such as fog or driving rain which can impede your vision and increase stopping distances.
  5. Make sure you can clearly see. All too often motorists do not de-fog or de-ice windows and mirrors which can compromise visibility. This winter ensure windows and mirrors are clear, and carry a de-icer and screen scraper. Never use boiling water as this can crack the windscreen. Be careful of the sun as its lower in the sky and the glare can be blinding particularly at junctions and roundabouts.
  6. Beware of “Black Ice. Black Ice is one of winter’s biggest hazards as it is difficult to see. Watch out for sheltered/ shaded areas on roads, under trees and near high walls.
  7. Be prepared. During these winter months it is advised that motorists carry a number of essentials in the boot of their car.
  • High visibility vest
  • Appropriate footwear in case you need to leave your vehicle e.g. boots
  • A hazard warning triangle
  • Spare wheel (Check that your spare wheel is in good condition and is fully inflated. Some cars may have an inflation repair kit instead of a spare wheel. Make sure that you know how to use it.)
  • Fully charged phone in case of emergencies.
  1. In the event of a breakdown. Drivers need to ensure their vehicle is well in off the road so as not to obstruct other vehicles. The driver should also put on their hazard warning lights.  If on a motorway section of road, pull over as far as you can onto the hard shoulder, leave your vehicle, get behind the barrier (on the embankment) and call the Gardaí, on their mobile phone or roadside telephone.
  2. Keep up to date. Listen to local weather and traffic reports. Pay heed to the weather warnings of unsafe and dangerous driving conditions.
  3. Slow Down. Speed is still the biggest killer on our roads and add speed to the winter weather conditions and you have a recipe for disaster.

 

If you want more information, check out the RSA’s website for more detailed advice on what to do if severe weather strikes.

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