Kerry PPN Newsletter Issue 7

Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs)– What are they?


Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) are local authority committees in city and county councils whose membership includes elected councillors, representatives of business, farming interests, environmental/conservation groups, trade unions and community and voluntary members.

It is the task of the Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs), as committees of the council, to advise and assist the council in the formulation, development and review of policy. They have no remit in relation to routine operational matters regarding the delivery of services. The SPC system is intended to give councillors and relevant sectoral interests an opportunity for full involvement in the policy making process from the early stages.


Since 2014 at least one of the SPCs must be established to consider matters which relate to the functions of the local authority in relation to economic development and enterprise support. The chairperson of an SPC is appointed by the local authority while the sectoral interests are nominated by their organisation/group.


There are 5 Strategic Policy Committees in County Kerry and the Kerry PPN have 9 Community representatives that sit on these committees. They bring issues from the community to the attention and notice of the committees.


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


Local Authorities are obliged  to call on the Kerry PPN to select representatives from within its membership to serve on those committees. PPNs therefore provide a mechanism to facilitate the two-way flow of information between the local authority and their groups to influence policy development and the delivery of services to the wider community.


The PPN SPC representatives bring issues from the community to the committees so it is an important avenue for the community to avail of. The dates for the five different SPCs are listed at the end of each newsletter, the next one is the Economic Development, Enterprise Tourism and Community SPC which takes place on the 24th February 2021.


If your group wish to bring up a particular ISSUE, please send it to  Caroline Toal or

Eamon O’ , prior to the meeting so we can bring it to the attention of the PPN SPC representative.




Anam Cara Kerry and West Cork Parent Evening


The extended lockdown will have been tough on many and in particular our bereaved parents who were hoping we would get back to our face to face meetings but we are so glad we have our online platform in place to still connect with so many. This online meeting still gives us the safe and comfortable space in which to remember our children and connect with other bereaved parents.


Our next meeting for Anam Cara West Cork and Kerry will take place Tuesday 23rd February 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 As always Anam Cara offer their services free of charge for as long as needed.


Take care and stay safe




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As part of Age Action’s Getting Started digital umbrella, we developed the Keep In Touch (KIT) in response to COVID-19. This remote national learning initiative helps older people improve their digital literacy skills, so they are more connected, informed and supported specifically during periods of social distancing.   We are offering five hours tutoring, by phone, to anyone who feels that they need support with using their smart device or laptop. Covering topics like how to set up an email, how to download an app, and how to use video to see your loved ones, learners will be matched with a volunteer tutor who will cover the topics the learner chooses, at their pace. We will also send learners a 40-page learning booklet with lots of smart images to help with tutoring sessions.


If you would like further information about Age Action’s Getting Started KIT, or if you or someone you know would like to be matched with a tutor, please call 01 4756989 and we will call you back for details. Alternatively, email for details.