To Kerry PPN members,
Contents of this newsletter includes:
1. Tralee Bay Wetlands National Tree Week 2021 spotter poster
2. Launch of Our Rural Future, Ireland’s new Rural Development Policy
3. The role of PPNs in the development of the next Climate Action Plan
4. Reminder: Shaping Our Electricity Future – EirGrid launch 14-week consultation on future of electricity grid 15th APRIL 7-9
5. LGMA – LogalGov.ie Website Survey
6. Save the Dates as Listowel Writers’ Week is returning this year.
7. Anam Cara Kerry and West Cork Parent Evening
8. National Learning Network
9. 2021 ClÁR Programme
10.Just 2 weeks left to apply to SEI for support
11. Community Response Helpline
12. Calendar of Strategic Policy Committee meetings 2021
This is your Newsletter so feel free to send us in information to share out to the community.
Kind regards and stay safe,
Caroline Toal, Kerry PPN Development officer, 087-6891105
Minister O’Brien welcomes the role of PPNs in the development of the next Climate Action Plan
Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development with special responsibility for Community Development and Charities, has welcomed today’s launch of the Climate Action Plan Public Consultation.
This process is being used to develop Ireland’s next Climate Action Plan and will support the update of the Climate Action Plan 2019 leading to a wide ranging and more in-depth citizen, community and sectoral discussion.
The aim of this dialogue is to give the public an opportunity to engage constructively with the development of the Climate Action Plan 2021. It will involve a series of interlinked dialogues and conversations, which will feed into an annual National Climate Conversation. The public consultation will run concurrently with a call for evidence that will accommodate more detailed and expert input.
There are three stages to this process including a broad online conversation, an in-depth citizen conversation and local level conversations that will be facilitated and hosted by Public Participation Networks (PPNs). These local level conversations will include engagement with community and voluntary representatives to inform the delivery of a Climate Action Fund to support climate related initiatives at a local level.
In highlighting the important role of the PPNs, Minister O’Brien stated:
“This consultation process is very important as Climate Change and our response to it in the form of the Climate Action Plan will affect many aspects of life in Ireland, from how we generate energy, how we move from A to B and how we shop.
“I am very glad that the PPNs are involved because they are realising one of their key functions which is bringing valuable on-the-ground, local experience and expertise into national policy-making.
“For some people climate change still feels theoretical. We will be asking people to think of their own locality & community, their weekly routine and tell us what climate action would look like at a tangible grassroots level where you live. We will be asking what communities need to make climate action happen.
“We will be asking about particular groups of people who may be adversely impacted by the move away from a carbon-based transport & energy system – how can we offset that impact?
“I am confident that these conversations will enrich the process for the development of the Climate Action Plan as well as informing the delivery of the Climate Action Fund at a local level.”
Further information on the development of the new Climate Action Plan including how individuals and communities can engage with the consultation process can be found on gov.ie.
Shaping Our Electricity Future – EirGrid launch 14-week consultation on future of electricity grid
This consultation aims to identify the best way for Ireland to move from reliance on fossil fuels to cleaner energy. EirGrid is responsible for the flow of electricity around the country and we are hosting a nationwide 14-week consultation to find an agreed approach to reach the Government’s 2030 renewable electricity target – of at least 70% of Ireland’s electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030.
Homes, communities and businesses across Ireland cannot “go green” without the right electricity grid to transport the renewables-based electricity. Over the next 10 years, we are going to transform the system – without question, the most radical transformation of the grid since electricity was invented.
Ireland has world-class conditions for renewable energy – wind (on- and off-shore) and solar – and with the right infrastructure in place we can decarbonise the system. Ireland needs significant investment and development of its electricity grid if it is to meet the social and economic policy goals of the country. This will mean making far-reaching changes to our electricity system – changes that will affect everyone on the island of Ireland. That’s why we want to collaborate with the public to find the best way of shaping our electricity future.
We have outlined 4 approaches that we are seeking views on and these include:
Approach 1: Generation-Led – Plan for electricity generation at the most suitable locations
– In this approach, government policy would influence where renewable energy is generated – favouring locations where the grid is already strong and taking local demand into account.
– This makes better use of the existing grid. It could also lead to more offshore wind generation on the east coast – reducing the need for onshore wind farms.
Approach 2: Developer-Led – Continue to develop the grid on a project-by-project basis in any location
– In this approach, we continue to connect new sources of renewable electricity as requested in any location – upgrading and strengthening the grid to suit circumstances in each case.
– This would mean completing over 100 individual projects between now and 2030 which is not feasible.
– This approach means we would not meet our 70% 2030 target
Approach 3: Technology-Led – Change the technology used for the grid infrastructure
– This approach, using proven technology, makes the electricity grid more resilient, so that it is better able to handle onshore renewable energy.
– It uses underground cables to carry high voltage direct current – moving clean electricity from the west coast (where the energy is generated) to the east coast, without disrupting the existing grid.
– It is an expensive, technically challenging and complex solution and is rarely used on national grids.
Approach 4: Demand-Led: The location of large energy users is decided by government policy
– This approach means government policy determines where large scale energy users – such as data centres and big industries – are located.
– Heavy electricity users like these would be situated closer to sources of renewable energy.
– Though it would mean influencing the decision making of high-demand customers wishing to set up or expand in Ireland.
– Changing where electricity is used in this way would need the support of stakeholders. Without it, we could not achieve our 70% target by 2030.
There are some foundation projects that are common to all four approaches and the final plan is likely to include elements of all approaches, strongly led by one of them.
A key aspect of the launch today is the scale of the consultation we are planning to undertake. Over the 14-week period we will be hosting groups and forums and working in partnership with industry, the National Youth Council of Ireland, Irish Rural Link, Chambers Ireland and others to host consultative forums and discussions. A central component will also see the holding of a Deliberative Dialogue (modelled on the Citizen’s Assembly).
We are asking Public Participation Networks to get involved in this consultation through our regional virtual workshops organised in partnership with Irish Rural Link. We will follow up in due course with more information on this. For the time being, we can provide the following information for your calendar:
Thursday 15th April 7pm to 9pm South West
Members of the PPN can also participate by using our online portal at consult.eirgrid.ie where there is plenty of detail on the approaches and via post EirGrid plc, Freepost FDN 5312, D04 FW28 or by emailing email@example.com.
We would ask that all contacts share this survey out to its membership as requested.
The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), and its partners, are exploring the value of establishing an online website to make local government information easily accessible to everyone.
We are writing to you to request your participation in a short survey to gather your views on the value of a localgov.ie website. Your participation will be of great assistance to us in determining the best way forward to support the citizen and achieve our objectives.
The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Please click the link below to go to the survey Web site (or copy and paste the link into your Internet browser) to be brought directly to the survey:
Your responses will be confidential and no personally identifiable information will be collected or held for reporting purposes.
Thank you very much for your time and cooperation and for providing this important feedback.
The Project Team , Jessica McKeon, She/Her (What’s this?)
Customer & Growth Consultant
Save the Dates as Listowel Writers’ Week is returning this year.
The shortlist for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year & the Pigott Poetry Prize Awards will be announced on 8th April.
The festival will run from 2nd-6th June & will be kicking off with its annual Competition Awards Ceremony (which will also include prizes for the Nilsson Local Heritage Writing, Bryan MacMahon Short Story, Duais Foras na Gaeilge, Writing in Prisons, Creative Writing for Adults with Special Needs & the Poetry Collection Awards).
Follow Listowel Writers’ Week on Facebook & Twitter or go to www.writersweek.ie for news of the festival’s programme of events.
Anam Cara Kerry and West Cork Parent Evening
Hope you are doing ok. Who would have thought this time last year when we went into lockdown we would still be here a year later. Times are really challenging for us all. But we will carry on and do what we can to support bereaved parents in the area. We really hope to be back to our Face to Face meetings in the latter part of the year but for now we are delighted to be able to offer our online parent support group.
Our next meeting for Anam Cara West Cork and Kerry will take place Tuesday 30th March at 7pm. This meeting is hosted by Alve Bevan.
If you know any bereaved parents who would like to join this meeting please get them to contact us on 085 288 8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org. As always Anam Cara offer their services free of charge for as long as needed.
Ms. Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has announced details of the CLÁR Programme for 2021.
CLÁR provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline. CLÁR is part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Development Investment Programme.
The measures being funded under the 2021 CLÁR programme are:
Applications under Measure 1, Measure 2 and Measure 3(a) must be submitted by post to the Community Department, Kerry County Council, County Buildings, Rathass, Tralee or by email to email@example.com
The closing date for receipt of applications for Measure 1, Measure 2 and Measure 3(a) is
Late applications will not be considered. The process is competitive as there is a limit on the number of submissions that Kerry County Council can submit to the Department.
Please note that the above deadline is set to allow all applications to be assessed in advance of the Local Authority submitting final applications to the Department of Rural and Community Development by Friday 7th May, 2021.
All applications must be completed in full and all required documentation must be submitted with the application to be considered for assessment. Failure to provide all relevant information and documentation will preclude groups from assessment.
Please note that applications must be submitted directly to the Department of Rural and Community Development at CLAR@drcd.gov.ie in respect of:-
- Measure 3(b) – Mobility and Cancer Care Transport Support (closing date – Friday 7th May, 2021)
- CLÁR Innovation Measure (closing date for Expressions of Interest – Friday 21st May, 2021).
There is a minimum cash contribution required from the Community Groups under each measure. Please see the 2021 CLÁR Scheme Outline for each measure for further details.
The Scheme Outline, Application form and Expression of Interest form sets out the detailed requirements of all 2021 CLÁR Measures and is available on Kerry County Council’s website – www.kerrycoco.ie
Please contact your local Municipal District Office with your queries.
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland makes up to €150k available to social entrepreneurs through its Ideas Academy and Impact Programme
Just 2 weeks left to apply to SEI for support
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) is making €50,000 seed funding available through its Ideas Academy to individuals who have an early-stage innovative idea to solve a particular social problem. A further €100,000 will be awarded to high potential social entrepreneurs through its Impact Programme. The funding is part of a suite of supports on offer through these SEI programmes, both of which are currently accepting applications. Participants on the Ideas Academy will have the opportunity to pitch for a portion of the €50,000 seed fund to pilot their idea. Awardees on the Impact Programme will receive €20,000 in direct funding each to grow their impact in addition to bespoke non-financial support. Applications close at midnight on 7th April.
Up to 60 places are available on SEI’s Ideas Academy. The three-month programme will provide budding social entrepreneurs with the support and direction they need as they take the first steps from idea to action. In addition to having the opportunity to pitch for seed funding at the end of the programme, participants on the Ideas Academy will be supported to clearly articulate, refine and progress their solution, to build skills and accelerate learning in core areas of importance to social entrepreneurs, and to move from idea to action. In response to current public health restrictions, the 2021 programme will be delivered online. Alumni of the programme include Evocco, Dignity Partnership and Kinship Care Ireland.
Up to five places are available on SEI’s prestigious Impact Programme, aimed at high-potential social entrepreneurs. In addition to €20,000 in unrestricted funding to grow their impact, Awardees will receive mentorship, training, and consultancy in areas such as leadership development, fundraising, governance, strategic planning, and communications. They will also have access to pro-bono support from partner organisations throughout the nine-month programme. The Impact Programme will be delivered primarily online in 2021-22, with in-person elements included when, and if, it is safe to do so. Alumni of the programme include AsIAm, jumpAgrade, AgriKids and DabbledooMusic.
Commenting, SEI Interim Director of Impact, Siobhán O’Keeffe said: “All across Ireland there are people with ideas to solve social problems – in some cases, these are people who have direct experience of a problem – and the courage and insight to put forward a solution, and act on it. Often it is through real challenge that innovation is inspired, and we are anticipating seeing that in this year’s applications in response to the global pandemic. We’re calling on people from all backgrounds who need support to realise their vision to apply to SEI. We know that the first step of the journey is often the hardest one to take. We are here to help, and we hope that the supports we have available on both of our programmes, along with the availability of €50,000 in seed funding on the Ideas Academy and €20,000 in unrestricted funding for each of our five Impact Programme Awardees will further support our social entrepreneurs to pilot their ideas and grow their impact.”
DCC plc, the international sales, marketing and support services group, is the flagship supporter of SEI’s national call for applications.