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 new structures for public engagement and participation in Local Government in each Local Authority area. 


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 my group?

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.

Register your group now Click Here
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Community Climate Action Grants



Minister Bruton Announces Scheme for Community Led Climate Action

Applications open today for Community Environment Action Fund, hundreds of local projects to be supported

Climate and Biodiversity projects to be prioritized

Opening the Scheme, Minister Bruton said:

Any school, community group or club who wants to take a step to tackle climate change or promote biodiversity should put forward ideas before 27th September.

I have been hugely impressed by the determination among both young and old, that this time we shall take the climate challenge seriously. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate locally what can be done.

Local, community led initiatives are crucial to delivering the ambition set out in the Climate Action Plan. These projects offer people a tangible, practical way to do their part to tackle the climate challenge and feel more connected to their local community as a result.

It is by working together and supporting these grassroots initiatives that we can deliver the step change required. Last year over 850 projects were supported under this scheme, driving real change in local communities across the country.

The Community Environment Action Fund, (previously known as the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund or LA21),  funds small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level, that make a significant difference in local communities.  Minister Bruton has chosen climate and biodiversity as the priorities for this year’s Fund.

Applications are open today and nearly €1million (€460,000 from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment matched by funding from local authorities) is available to support hundreds of projects in local communities all across Ireland.

Minister Bruton said:

We have a short window of opportunity. We must act now and get behind the transition to a more sustainable path for future generations.

A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years including, community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions.  This year’s priority is for projects in the area of Climate and Biodiversity.

Groups seeking funding for eligible projects are invited to make an application to their local authority (application forms are available from the local authorities). Completed application forms should be returned to the relevant local authority at the latest by 5pm, 27 September 2019.  Local authority contacts and further information on the Fund can be obtained from the Department’s website: www.dccae.gov.ie


The 2019 Community Environment Action Fund (Local Agenda 21) is now open for applications. Application must be made to your local authority and not to the Department. Application forms are also available from your local authority and must be returned to them by 5pm on 27th September 2019 at the latest.

If you have any queries regarding this Scheme please contact the nominated person in your local authority

Liz O Donnell
Kerry County
066 7162049

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Kerry PPN Member Re-Registration 2019


Why Re-Register?

Re-Register Now – The current Kerry PPN database is now over 5 years old. Volunteers move on, emails and phone numbers change. In order to have the correct and up to date details, and in keeping with GDPR and best practice, all PPNs across the country are doing a re-registration of member groups. It is a simple process of confirming details are correct, letting us know if they are not, or changing the status of your membership.


When your group registered with Kerry PPN, two contacts were sought. One of these designated contacts has an official vote when required for elections or a significant decision. As Kerry PPN finishes its fifth year some committees have finished their terms and there are other natural vacancies. Nominations for vacant posts will be sought and elections will be held in the Autumn 2019. In preparation for that and as a general tidy-up of contacts we will be getting in touch asking you to Re-register. Contact will be made by email and/or letter and we will follow up with phone calls.

Groups that have registered in 2019 will NOT be asked to re- register.

Process of Re-Registration

1. Main Contact – We will make contact with the person we have listed as the Primary Contact for the group. This will be done within the three days 7th -9th August by email and/or letter. If you know your group is a registered member and you are the main contact but you haven’t heard from us, please get in touch.

2. Confirm the details – You will be shown the details of the group/s for which you are the main contact. You will be asked to confirm these individually. There are three options –

a) I am the primary contact and I confirm re-registration– you will be given the option to add any other details you want noted.

b) I am not the primary contact and cannot confirm re- registration – you will then be asked to confirm you have permission to give new contact details. If you don’t, just leave it and we’ll follow up by phone. Again, there is a place to add any other comments.

c) I am the primary contact and I confirm that the organisation no longer wishes to be a PPN Member– hopefully not too many of these! In this case, you can add any comments but have nothing further to do. Your group’s details will be removed from the Kerry PPN database.

In all cases, we will follow up where necessary.

Points to Remember

  • There may only be one contact for your group. Ideally, we should have two contacts.
  • If your group is contactable by email, it’s much better to have an email address for the group rather than a personal address. This means the group will still receive information even if a key role changes.
  • We may not have a postal address for you. If not, we need one and we ask that you include the Eircode.
  • Please make sure we have a postal address and double-check which Municipal District you are registered in. A small number of groups have an address in one but are registered in another. This may be valid, but we are asking you to check.

If you have any questions about re-registration, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Contact: Phone 066 7183672
Caroline Toal (ext. 3672) or Eamon O’Keeffe (ext. 3277) Email: ppn@kerrycoco.ie

Groups who are not shown on the current register on 1st August 2019 will NOT have a vote in the 2019 Elections

We look forward to getting the database re-organised, tidied and ready for Kerry PPN ELECTIONS 2019..

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S.P.C.’s on Kerry County Council

To Kerry PPN Registered groups,

Please see below extremely important draft document with regards to the establishment of Strategic Policy Committees within the County of Kerry. On each proposed Strategic Policy Committee, there will be PPN representatives , who will than feed back to the Kerry PPN Secretariat  and the wider community. According to the Department of Rural and Community Development,  
” Local Authorities must ensure that ALL voluntary representatives on their Boards and Committees
come through the PPN  process”. 

The primary role of the Strategic Policy Committees is to assist Kerry County Council in the formulation, development and review of policy. In this role, they will harness the experience and expertise of relevant external Bodies and enhance the overall role of Councillors by providing a platform for an input into policy formulation at an early stage. They will also have a function in other non statutory policy fields such as:

• Policy related to development of Work Programmes and the establishment of priorities for particular services.

• Consideration of the needs of people with disabilities in the formulation and implementation of relevant policies.

• Integration of sustainability principles to particular services.

• The strategic monitoring of Local Authority services

These Committees will not have power to decide or determine Council Policy, this power will continue to be a function of the Council acting as a Body. However, if the Strategic Policy Committee system is to work in a meaningful way, it will be important that the Council take full cognisance of the work of the Committees when deciding on policy matters.

The five proposed SPCs are as follows:

1. Economic Development, Enterprise, Tourism and Community SPC
2. Roads, Transportation and Marine SPC
3. Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Planning SPC
4. Housing SPC
5. Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht SPC

Membership of the SPCs will comprise of Elected Members and representatives of the following Sectors:
 Agriculture / Farming
 Environmental / Conservation through the P.P.N.
 Development / Construction
 Business / Commercial
 Trade Union
 Community / Voluntary through the P.P.N.
 Social Inclusion through the P.P.N.
 Approved Housing Bodie

  Údarás na Gaeltachta

The Draft SPC Scheme may be inspected at the locations listed here under during normal office hours from Thursday, 25 July to Monday, 26 August 2019 (inclusive).
Corporate Affairs Department, Room 223, Kerry County Council, County Buildings, Rathass, Tralee
Kerry County Council Offices in Castleisland, Dingle, Kenmare, Killarney, Killorglin, Caherciveen and Listowel
The Draft SPC Scheme is also available on the Kerry County Council Internet site – www.kerrycoco.ie

and on the Announcements Section on this web site

Municipal Districts