Leitrim PPN Newsletter – 7th May 2019

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Inside this issue:
What’s Happening
Diary Dates
Forestry Policy Update
Waste Water Treatment Research Update
Leitrim Defibrillator Mapping
Funding & Opportunities

May 7th 2019
Vol 2, Issue 2

What’s Happening?

There were 35 events in Co. Leitrim over the weekend for the Big Hello. We hope you enjoyed your local gathering and got to meet some friends – old and new.

Your PPN Reps have been busy with many of them attending their last meeting before the Local Authority elections on May 24th. Some of the committees on which they sit will reform after the elections and you will be asked to nominate a new set of Representatives from your communities. If you want more information on what’s expected, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

A General Meeting of Leitrim PPN took place in Drumshanbo on April 3rd. This was a lively and engaged meeting. Full draft minutes will be available but a general update is available on the Leitrim PPN website – CLICK HERE.

Plenty of other news to update and lots of funding, training and other opportunities below.

National Electoral Register

Don’t forget, if you want to vote in the forthcoming Local Authority, European and Referendum votes, this Today, 7th May at 5 pm is the last day for getting on the supplementary electoral Register. CLICK HERE for more information.

 Get in touch at info@leitrimppn.ie or 087 183 1283 


Click on the links for more info

Tue  May 07            Safeguarding Course for Sports Clubs
Tue May 07             Remembering Leitrim WW1 Dead, Manorhamilton CoI
May 8-10                Creative Ireland Application Workshops, MH, CK, Ballinamore
Thu May 09             Manorhamilton Environmental Hustings
May 9-10                 National Older People’s Council Convention, Donegal Town
Tue May 14             Tusla Awareness: Parenting Top Tips from Dr. Eddie Murphy
Wed May 15            Tusla Awareness: Sleep- what parents need to know
Thu May 16             Manor Summit 2019 – Progress and plans from REDZ Team
Mon May 27            Irish Rural Link National Conference, Athlone


Registering to vote                                                      Fri 10 May
Community Enhancement Programme                       Thu 30 May
Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme                Tue 14 May
National Age Friendly Recognition & Achievement Awards 2018/2019
Tue 14 May
NRN Biodivirsity Photo Competition                              Mon 20 May
Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme              Fri 24 May


Over 150 submissions informed a recent forestry consultation carried out for Leitrim PPN. The Report was provided to the relevant committee (SPC).

On April 23rd 2019, the Strategic Policy Committee on Economic Development, Enterprise and Planning welcomed the report and agreed that:

  • the SPC will study the report and in relation to each objective will advise the PPN (a) the means (be it policy, plans, programmes, authority or other mechanism) by which the Local Authority can contribute to achieving the objective, or (b) the reasons the local authority cannot contribute to achieving the objective. 
  • That this SPC commits to bringing the report to the full council for discussion prior to completion of the CPD review.
Full report and motion available on the Leitrim PPN Website – CLICK HERE


Sustainable Options for Single House (Domestic) Leitrim PPN April 3rd Dr Brian McCann of Sligo IT has been supervising a research project on behalf of Leitrim PPN and in cooperation with Leitrim County Council. This research is looking at current systems and policy relating to waste water and building one-off houses. This is a hot topic in rural Leitrim and other parts of the country where the soil doesn’t allow for good percolation.

It examines factors such as current regulations and available technologies. The aim of Leitrim PPN is that potential solutions – technological and social – might be identified that raise the chances of permissions and lower the associated costs for people wanting to live in Leitrim.


The full presentation (1.3 MB) is available by  here – LINK TO PRESENTATION.

The research continues with case studies and another update by Autumn 2019.

Leitrim Defibrillator Mapping – National News

This Week Radio 1 TeamWe are delighted this project has made the national news and the project is being held up as an example that other counties could follow: other PPNs have already been in touch to find out how we did it. Leitrim’s own Carole Coleman was on hand the night of the launch and she followed up with a lovely item on RTE Radio 1, This Week show. To listen to the item – CLICK HERE


Community Enhancement Programme: This is one of the few opportunities that come up during the year for equipment and capital funding. You can apply for a small grant (up to €1000) or for a larger project – between € 2000-8000. Closing date is May 30th. Guidelines and Application forms on the website – CLICK HERE

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme:  Maintenance, Repairs, Upgrades and Development. Closing Date is May 14th. Guidelines and Application forms on the website – CLICK HERE

Technology Equipment for Communities and Businesses: Match funding for small scale technology purchases between €2000-10000. PCs Laptops. etc. See the Leitrim Dev. Co. website – CLICK HERE

FREE Community CPR Training: The Irish Heart Foundation is offering free CPR Training for communities across Ireland. No dates have been set for Leitrim. If you are interested please get in touch with Leitrim PPN. We need at least 30 participants in order to avail  of the training. For more see the website – CLICK HERE.

Inland Fisheries Ireland Funding: There are three separate funds open dealing with Access (capital), Salmon and Sea Trout conservation and Midlands Fisheries Fund. Full applications between May 20th – June 20th. For more – CLICK HERE.


Review of Leitrim Drat Traveller Accommodation Programme 2019-2024:
Submissions on the plan should be made in writing to the Director of Services for Housing and Corporate Affairs, Áras an Chontae, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim and should be received by 21st June 2019.
The revised draft plan is available to download as a word document from the Leitrim County Council website – CLICK HERE.

We do our best to publish the local and most relevant funding opportunities in the newsletter. There are others. Remember to keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter and Instagram accounts and the website: www.leitirimppn.ie

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