Communities invited to influence council policy

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Limerick PPN members (Back row): John Buttery, Patrick Cummins, Jim Long, Michael Quilligan, Catherine Dalton. (Front row): Noreen Stokes, Patrick Fitzgerald, Rose Anne White and Nuala Geoghegan.
Limerick PPN members (Back row): John Buttery, Patrick Cummins, Jim Long, Michael Quilligan, Catherine Dalton. (Front row): Noreen Stokes, Patrick Fitzgerald, Rose Anne White and Nuala Geoghegan.

COMMUNITY and voluntary groups are being invited to have a bigger say in policies developed by Limerick City and County Council.

The Limerick Public Participation Network (PPN) now has 100 members and is calling on community and voluntary organisations to help citizens take an active role in council committees.

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The PPN allows community groups around the country to connect with their local authority to give citizens a greater say in local government decision making.

It is managed by a committee of volunteers, called the Secretariat, on behalf of all its members.

Mayor Michael Sheahan said that PPNs play an important role in the formation of policies that affects all citizens.

“What is needed is the interest and commitment of all the different sectors to engage with the registration process and in the various opportunities that present themselves through membership of the PPN.”

Limerick PPN Secretariat member Patrick Fitzgerald said that a recent example of the different opportunities available to PPN members was the PPN being invited onto the new Implementation Advisory Group for a Directly Elected Mayor for Limerick.”

Full information including registration details can be accessed at www.limerickppn.ie