Limerick Public Participation Network is a countywide network that facilitates people from the community, social inclusion and environmental pillars to participate in local decision-making and policy-development structures. It is part of the framework for public participation in local government and it has a statutory basis in the Local Government Reform Act 2014 (Section 46). Membership is made up of eligible groups/organisations – not individuals.
Limerick PPN aims to provide open, inclusive and transparent representative structures that will feed a broad range of ideas, experience, suggestions and proposals from PPN member groups from across Limerick City and County into policies and plans being developed by agencies and decision makers and is committed in its practices to implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The core function of the PPN is to be an independent and formal structure to elect and support community representatives on Council committees, in particular:
Limerick Local Community Development Committee(LCDC)
The PPN is made up of a number of interconnected structures, which are:
- Plenary The full membership of the PPN (excluding Associate Members) is referred to as the Plenary and it is the Governing Body with overall responsibility for the PPN. It meets at least twice a year in Plenary session and one of the sessions includes the Annual General Meeting of the membership.
- Pillars The PPN membership is divided into three pillars or sectors namely; Environmental, Community/Voluntary and Social Inclusion. Each member organisation/group chooses the Pillar which best represents their primary interest.
- Municipal Districts The City and County of Limerick comprises of four Municipal Districts: Limerick Metropolitan, Adare-Rathkeale, Cappamore-Kilmallock and Newcastle West. A PPN member’s Municipal District is determined by where they primarily operate or their official address.
- Linkage Groups