Newsletter 26 Feb 2018

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Lots of News and events this edition. Make sure to check about events planned for this week with the forecast for poor weather.



Inside this issue:
Public Participation – Let’s Get Going
How PPN Representation Works
Show Us What You Do

Upcoming Events
Awards Nominations
Public Consultations

Feb 26th 2018
Vol 1, Issue 6

Public Participation –
Let’s Get Going

In the last couple of issues the Reps have been named and the Calendar of Events was shared.

Now we need to actually use the voice we’ve been given and the first step in this is getting to one of the general meetings of Leitrim PPN Members. This meeting of all groups is known as The PLENARY of Leitrim PPN. There are usually 2 per year and the first of these will be held in the Mayflower in Drumshanbo on March 21st, at 8:00 pm. It is likely that elections will be held but we’ll also have speakers of interest and be asking for your input on work to be done over the course of 2018.

Nominations are sought for the 7 following vacancies on Public Participation Network Panels:

  • Secretariat – Environmental Representative;
  • Leitrim Development Company Board of Management  – Carrick on Shannon Municipal District, 1 man and 1 woman;
  • Leitrim Development Company Board of Management  – Ballinamore Municipal District, 1 man;
  • Joint Policing Committee – Social Inclusion
  • North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force – Community & Voluntary Representatives, 1 man, 1 woman.

In the case of more than one eligible nominee being put forward for any of the five vacancies Elections will be held at the forthcoming County Plenary at the Mayflower Centre, Drumshanbo,   8:00 pm on Wednesday 21st March 2018
Nominations and Voting:
Every group registered to Leitrim PPN has one vote at County Plenary regarding decisions made and ratifications of elections. However, nominating and voting in elections are restricted as follows:

Committee Sector Electoral College Voting Rights
Secretariat Environmental Pillar All groups registered in Environmental Pillar
Board of Management, Leitrim Development Committee Carrick on Shannon Municipal District Groups Registered in Carrick on Shannon MD area – all Pillars
Board of Management, Leitrim Development Committee Ballinamore Municipal District Groups Registered in Ballinamore MD area – all Pillars
Joint Policing Committee Social Inclusion All groups registered in Social Inclusion Pillar
North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force Community & Voluntary Representation x 2 All groups registered Community & Voluntary Pillar

Should an election be required, elections will take place at the forthcoming Plenary and voting rights for election only will be the same as above.

If you think your group is registered as being part of one of the above and you have not received follow-up correspondence, please contact us immediately and we can review the registration.

USE YOUR VOICE and get in touch with us.

How PPN Representation Works

The PPN has representatives on Committees where decisions are made. These representatives are in place so your concerns and questions can be raised and responded to. The following is an example of feedback from the Joint Policing Committee but all other Committees and Boards work in the same manner.

Joint Policing Committee – December 2017 Meeting

On 15th November last an email went out to all groups to see if anyone had issues or questions to raise with the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) of Leitrim. There were four questions and these were forwarded to our PPN Representatives on the JPC.

The meeting was held on 4th December and the questions were raised by our PPN Representatives The questions related to:
  • the Garda Vetting Process;
  • the use of Garda Reserve and presence in local communities;
  • information available at closed stations re opening hours and redirection.
  • Gardai visits to health centres as previously requested.
Two of the questions could be answered on the spot and the others received a written response from Superintendent Kevin English before the next JPC Meeting of 29th January.
For details of the questions and responses check out the Leitrim PPN website HERE
If your group is specifically interested in matters relating to the JPC and you would like to be kept informed directly, get in contact with us at or phone Tracy, Leitrim PPN Resource Worker at 087 183 1253.

Manorhamilton Girls' Brigade visit the RNLI


Be proud and tell us what you do. We’d love to hear from you if you have some photos and a paragraph about your group in Leitrim. Videos very welcome.
Give is the dates of your festivals and events and we’ll share them and try to get along!.


Lots of Funding Opportunities in this edition. Remember to keep an eye on the Facebook and Twitter Feeds and so you don’t miss out on any of them.

Community Tourism Grant Scheme

The aim of the Scheme is to encourage and support Community and Voluntary Organisations to undertake and implement projects, which will promote the well being of their area and community and enhance the quality of life of its citizens through the generation of increased Economic, Social and Cultural activity.
Community and Voluntary

Organisations based in and undertaking projects in the administrative area of Leitrim County Council are eligible to apply for funding under this Scheme.

The deadline for applications is 5th March.

You can download more details and applications forms from the Leitrim County Council web site: CLICK HERE

Wind Farm Community Fund

The Wind Farm Community Fund is open for applications until March 16th 2018. This fund supports community and voluntary organisations, for  projects that benefit the wider community near the Wind Farm. Grants given last year ranged from € 1,500 to over €10,000.

Eligibility is confined to local community groups and organisations from within the area of benefit. This can vary but is roughly within a specified radius from the windfarm.

Wind farms where Leitrim groups might* be within the radius include:

  • Black Banks Wind Farm, Leitrim
  • Carrane Hill Wind Farm, Sligo
  • Garvagh Glebe Wind Farm, Leitrim
  • Tullynahaw Wind Farm, Roscommon

For more details and how to apply see

PPN Annual Report 2016 Cover

Ireland Fund Small Grants


The dates for the Ireland Funds Small Grant Round have been announced. You can apply between Monday 5th March 2018 and Friday 23rd March 2018.
Keep an eye on their website for more information on the grant round and the application process.


PPN Annual Report 2016 Cover

Funding for Annual Reports

The Community Foundation for Ireland is helping to fund the publication of Annual Reports for Small Non-Profit Organisations.
If your organisation has a turnover of less than €150,000 and you are struggling to produce timely Annual Reports that tell your story, account for your funding and ultimately, tell your stakeholders what you do. Then the Community Foundation for Ireland might be able to help out.
Grants of €1,000 will be made available to those organisations who commit to put their annual report on their website, have a target list of stakeholders they want to receive the report and make it available to anyone who would like a copy. They have a small fund available on a first-come first-served basis and will be applied to those who best meet the criteria.
For more information about the fund and applying for the grant CLICK HERE for the CFI website.



PPN Annual Report 2016 Cover

Fostering a Sense of European Identity

Europe for Citizens has grants of between € 5000 – € 150,000 available for suitable projects. If you would like to see examples of the types of projects that have received funding, the application criteria and available partners, click on the picture.


INVITATION – Across the Lines Programme Launch

The rescheduled launch of the Across The Lines Programme will take place at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton on March 2nd 2018 at 7.30pm. With the Borderlands Gospel Choir and guest speaker Denzil McDaniel. RSVP to

For more details: CLICK HERE



Local Enterprise Week starts on Sunday March 4th and runs through to Friday March 9th 2018. Local Enterprise Offices are organising events for start-ups, job seekers and small businesses all over the country.

The Leitrim Local Enterprise Office has arranged events across the county for Local Enterprise Week. Starting on March 5th with the Co-Innovate Workshop and culminating in the Jobs Fair 2018 at the Landmark Hotel on March 9th.

For more details: CLICK HERE

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the North Leitrim Women’s Centre.
International Women’s Day is an important date in the calendar every year but especially in 2018 with the centenary of Women’s Suffrage taking place this year.To book a place contact the Centre on 071 9856220 email, facebook or simply call into the Centre


Manorhamilton Girls' Brigade visit the RNLI


The 2018 Our World Irish Aid Award theme ‘Transforming our World,’ invites primary teachers and pupils to learn about the Global Goals and the work of Irish Aid in partner countries. Schools are supported with child friendly resources, like the very popular 12-page pupil’s magazine. Curriculum-linked teaching materials to help teachers deliver across the primary curriculum areas, and an easy to use website with information and project ideas. The deadline for the submission of project entries is 23rd March 2018.
For more details and to register CLICK HERE.


Your Opinions Are Being Sought
Current Consultations on


The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is in the early stages of developing a new National Action Plan/Integrated framework for Social Inclusion 2018 to 20121 and would like to hear your views. If you would like to take part in the public consultation process which is accessible online through Surveymonkey, For tmore information about the consultation and a link to the survey – CLICK HERE



Projects likely to have significant effects on the environment of neighbouring States are subject to public consultation. Each planning authority in Ireland has recently received information  from the United Kingdom’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) about the development of Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant. This is under construction near Bridgewater, Somerset.

You can view printed copies of the relevant documents at Leitrim County Council planning offices or online as per the link. Submissions or observations are to be made directly to the planning authority for the area in which you live.For more information about the consultation and links to the documents – CLICK HERE




Due to the forecast of inclement weather for later this week it has been decided to POSTPONE the Leitrim Joint Policing Committee which was due to take place on Thursday 1st March, 2018 at 7.30 p.m. in The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim.  Details of a new date will be advertised in due course.


Launch of North Leitrim Women’s Centre ‘Women Along the Border’  Project.
Thursday 15th March at 8 pm in Ballagh Centre, Rossinver
‘Women’s House of Stories’ 

More details to follow

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