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
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
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.
Our Rural Future – Minister Humphreys and Minister Joe O’Brien launch the €50 million Community Recognition Fund
Major initiative to support communities that have welcomed people from Ukraine and other countries
Funding for sports clubs, community organisations, transport infrastructure and local groups
Every local authority in the country to benefit
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys and Minister of State Joe O’Brien, have today set out the details of the €50 million Community Recognition Fund.
This major initiative, the first of its kind, is designed to specifically support communities across the country that have welcomed and are hosting families and citizens from Ukraine and other countries.
Among the projects that will be supported under the fund include:
Ø The refurbishment of local sports clubs and facilities
Ø The upgrade of community facilities such as play areas, walkways, parks and community gardens
Ø The purchase of equipment to benefit local clubs, festivals, music and arts organisations
Ø The enhancement of school or parish facilities that are open to the wider community after hours or on weekends
Ø Transport infrastructure such as community vehicles and bus shelters
The €50 million has been allocated across all local authorities based on the number of new arrivals located there. (See allocations below).
The funding will be drawn down over 2023 and 2024.
Projects will be delivered by the local authorities in conjunction with community organisations.
The Fund aims to support the development of facilities that will be used in the future by all members of the community.
In recent months Community Gardens Ireland presented to an Oireachtas Committee on the huge benefits that come from community growing spaces in Ireland, and how changes are needed to help more communities in Ireland grow their own produce.
In September we will be meeting with Minister Peter Burke and Minister Malcolm Noonan about this. We will be asking for changes so that community growing spaces must be provided by local authorities where there is sufficient demand and for the doubling of the numbers of allotments & community gardens by 2025. Our full list of recommendations are here.
And we need your help!
We are looking for every single person in Ireland interested in community growing to do the following:
1. Email TDs
Email all your local TDs (every party) and ask them to support this and to relay their support to Minister Burke and Minister Noonan. A draft email template is below but feel free to use your own. See here to get your local TD contact details: https://www.whoismytd.com/
2. Share it!
Share this request with local growing groups, friends, family members, on social media etc.
3. Email Ministers
Email Minister Peter Burke and Minister Malcolm Noonan directly to let them know how this would be beneficial to your community group.
The more emails that are sent in, the stronger our position will be. Please help us make this change so that more communities can grow their own produce together in local areas throughout Ireland.
Cut and paste the template email below:
During September, Community Gardens Ireland will be meeting with Government Ministers to ask for their support to double the numbers of allotments & community gardens in Ireland by 2025. In addition, Community Gardens Ireland are asking for changes to require local authorities to provide community growing spaces where clear demand is present.
Community growing spaces such as allotments and community gardens are proven to be helpful for biodiversity and as a good local climate action. There is ample evidence that they help with mental and physical health, community cohesion, reduce flooding risk, reduce food waste, and so much more.
Despite this, there are fewer allotments & community gardens in Ireland then there were 100 years ago. Ireland has fewer allotments & community gardens per capita compared to Denmark, Poland, Germany and other EU countries. There is currently no national policy on allotments & community gardens and the legislation supporting them is weak.
I urge you to strongly support the recommendations that Community Gardens Ireland presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government & Heritage in March 2022, also copied here.
I also ask that you relay your support for these changes to enable more allotments & community gardens to Minister Peter Burke and Minister Malcolm Noonan.
Please see link below for 4 free webinars on mainstreaming nature-based solutions in Ireland, organised by Engineers Ireland. This approach is promoted nationally and in the Kerry CDP 2022 and is of relevance to those involved in project delivery, maintenance and assessment.
Seminar Series: Nature-Based Solutions - from theory to application - Catchments.ie - Catchments.ie
Webinar 1: Projects from Concept to Planning Stage – Thursday, 4 May Conor Galvin, Office of Public Works Santry Project | John Stack, Dublin City Council Roscommon, Sean Fitzsimons | Clandillion Civil Consulting DCC Approach to Integreting SUDs into the Landscape | Peter Leonard, Dublin City Council Inchicore | Michael Goss, Uisce Éireann
Webinar 2: Projects at Detailed Design Stage – Thursday, 11 May Finola O’Driscoll, National Transport Authority Carlow- Social housing NBS | Padraig O’Gorman, Carlow County Council N74 TII Bioretention/Raingarden | Alan Costello, Aidan O’Connell, Mott MacDonald Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council | Conor Geraghty, DLRCC
Webinar 3: Projects at Construction Stage – Thursday, 18 May Stephen O’Malley, Civic Engineers Rainscapes | Anthony McCloy, McCloys Consulting Meristem Design | Habib Khan Garth Toolan, Dublin City Council Carlow | Padraig O’Gorman, Carlow County Council
Webinar 4: Maintenance and Lessons Learnt – Thursday, 25 May N4 Collooney to Castelbaldwin | Sean Fitzsimons, Clandillion Civil Consulting Cardiff | Ian Thiterington Isla Jackon, Civic Engineersl