Leitrim PPN Newsletter – 28th Nov. 2018

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Leitrim Public Participation Network – Líonra Rannpháirtíochta Poiblí Liatroma

Inside this issue:

News & Updates
Forestry in Leitrim
Waste Water Treatment for Single Houses
Awards Galore

Nov. 28th 2018
Vol 1, Issue 16

Diary Dates
Focus on Members
Training & Opportunities


Lots of news in this edition and we need your input. Forestry in Leitrim is a hot topic and Leitrim County Council’s Forestry Policy is up for review. Why is this important to you as PPN Members? Current regulations on forestry mean that local authorities can only raise concerns and issues about planned forestry development under  50 hectares2  if the concern relates directly to a matter included in their policy. If the issue is not in the policy, no objection can be raised. Currently, all forest developments – amounting to land coverage of over 18% – is in developments of under 50 hectares2. 

The questionnaire is available online, by contacting info@leitrimppn.ie for a paper copy or at all the Leitrim Libraries. Full article and online questionnaire – CLICK HERE

Other Items in this edition:

  • Waste Water Treatment for single dwellings Research 
  • Do you want to do more for the Environment? Setting up a Leitrim Local Environmental Network.
  • Awards Galore for Leitrim Groups
  • Events – Women in politics, Who Cares for the Carers?, Leitrim Youth Events
  • Consultations – Daylight Saving Time


What Do You Think about Forestry in Leitrim?

Leitrim County Council is preparing a review  of its policy on Forestry. Your voice is important. Leitrim PPN asks you to consider the issues and comment for input into a policy review process. The questionnaire looks at the current situation with regard to forestry in Leitrim under a number of different headings. It gives a brief overview of the current situation and asks for your opinions and views, evidence-based where possible, on how policy should be developed for the future.

About the Forestry in Leitrim QuestionnaireHeadings for Consideration:
  • Rural Economy
  • Land Use
  • Planning
  • Regulation
  • Carbon Sequestration & Climate Change
  • Taxation & State support
  • Biodiversity
  • Social Impacts

You can access the questionnaire online – CLICK HERE – or by contacting us for a document copy or at any Leitrim Library. Phone Tracy at 087 183 1253 or email info@leitrimppn.ie.

Waste Water Treatment & Planning

Leitrim PPN’s research on this has started. It is carried out on your behalf by Dr. Brian McCann of Sligo IT in collaboration with Leitrim County Council. An update will be available before Christmas to us and to the council. I

Issues around planning and Waste Water treatment for single dwellings made the news last week with Leitrim’s Martin Kenny, TD, tabling a Private Members Amendment to the Local Government (Water Pollution) (Amendment) bill 2018. The motion was not passed so the Bill will now proceed to committee stage as scheduled.  At that stage it is likely that Leitrim County Council will be asked for input and the fact that this research is being undertaken will be of significance.

More on this as we have it…

Do You Want to Do More for the Environment in Leitrim?

If you are a Tidy Towns or other group or a concerned individual that is interested in the environment, you can now be part of the Local Environmental Network being formed in Leitrim.

To see examples of what Local Environmental Networks do and find out more – CLICK HERE
Local Environmental Networks


The Awards Season kicked off with our own Love Where You Live Leitrim ceremonies at the beautiful Lough Rynn Castle on October 10th. Over 300 people attended the evening – many more than other larger counties. For all the photos and list of CLICK HERE.

But we weren’t the only awards ceremony in town. Communities in Leitrim have done very well over the past few weeks.

St. Catherine’s Church, Fenagh

Winners of the North West Regional Heritage Prize in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

National Lottery Good Causes Heritage Award

Bredagh Old School, Carrigallen
Winner of the national KPMG/Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Award for Community Benefit.

Bredagh Old School Win Award

Pride Of Place 2018
Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma won the national award Creative Wellbeing Category for their work on Use Your Brain Not Your Fists –

A round of applause too for the community in Tullaghan who represented the County in the Coastal Communities Category. While they did not come away with a prize on the night, their solid work and other awards and success over the past 12-18 months have put the smallest county coastline firmly on the map.


Commemoration of
Mary Reynolds TD

Fri. Nov. 30th, Ballinamore Library at 8:00 pm

A special event to commemorate the life of the late Mary Reynolds TD (1889-1974) is taking place at Ballinamore Library as part of the Vótáíl 100 celebrations in Leitrim. Mary was a member of Dáil Éireann for 29 years, serving as Cumann na nGaedheal/Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim between 1932-1933 and 1937-1961.

Keynote speakers include: Sinead McCool, Historian and Maireead McGuinness, MEP. Noirin Clancy will MC. All welcome. For more – CLICK HERE.

Who Cares For the Carers?

Fri. Nov. 30th, Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton at 11:30 am
Launch of Report exploring the barriers to good quality of life for family carers in North Leitrim. This report was commissioned by 24/7 Family Carers Group and funded by LEADER. 

Report Author, Dr. Deirdre Byrne will be joined by Marian Harkin MEP to launch the document. The event includes an exhibition of works created by the group – Our Lives in Print.

This event particularly welcomes anyone currently caring for a family member or affected by the relevant issues. For full details – CLICK HERE.

Leitrim Libraries are celebrating Library Ireland week. Check out your local branch for events and CLICK HERE for more about Leitrim Libraries. 


Fri, Nov 30th 2018 – Canon Donohoe Memorial Hall, Mohill @ 4:30 pm

Disco, Magician, Face painting, Balloon modelling and more…Contact Leitrim County Childcare Committee on 071-9640870 for more details.

For more on this Celebration event – CLICK HERE


Leitrim Disability Equality Network

Leitrim Disability Equality Network was set up under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme in 2015.

Forum Theatre - What's happening here?The network invited Leitrim PPN’s Resource Worker to one of their forum theatre workshops earlier this year. The use of creative methods provides the participants with a way of identifying their own barriers and potential solutions. It’s also  a lot of fun.

To find out more … CLICK HERE.



This training will take place in Ballinamore Childcare Clg., Old Vocational School, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim on:
Saturday 1st December 2018, 10am-4pm
Tuesday 4th December 2018, 6.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 11th December 2018, 6.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 18th December 2018, 6.30-9.30pm
To book a place please email nancy@leitrimchildcare.ie or phone the office on 071-9640870

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in Leitrim and the North West. The QQI Level 6 National Tour Guiding Course, has been specifically designed for people who provide, or wish to provide a range of local and regional guiding services. Those participating will learn the structures and profiles of the Tourism and Hospitality Sectors in this major award. The Course will be delivered by MSLETB. To arrange an interview for the course, please contact Nicola Reid on 071 9832970.


Funds of between € 500 – € 2000 available with one group getting € 2000. Applications open until 19th Jaunary 2019. To find out more CLICK HERE.


Text Alert Rebate Scheme                                     Closing 30th November



Your views on this are welcome. Proposals may be made by online survey or by emailing – timeconsultation@justice.ie. To find out more – CLICK HERE. 




The Northern & Western Regional Assembly has published a Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the region. The consultation period for making submissions is open until 5pm 9th Feb 2019.

If any groups are interested in submitting through Leitrim PPN, please get in touch. Strategies include Economic Development, the Environment, Flood Risk and the Natura Impact (habitats).
Supporting documentation can be viewed or downloaded from the NWRA web site at the link below. Further details to follow on www.leitrimppn.ie 



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