Joining the PPN

Register for Limerick PPN

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Join the network of community, voluntary, social inclusion and environmental organisations, working together for a better Limerick.

Criteria for full membership

To qualify for membership of Limerick PPN your group/organisation must:

  • Be active and with a postal address in Limerick
  • Operate on a not-for-profit basis
  • Be volunteer-led (the organisation may have staff, but it must be under voluntary control)
  • Be independent (i.e. not a subgroup or subcommittee of another organisation)
  • Have at least five (5) members and be open to new members
  • Have an appropriate governance structure with a set of rules on how it operates
  • Meet regularly
  • Be non-party political
  • Be a minimum of six months in existence

Environmental Pillar

Groups/organisations registering under the Environment Sector must be be approved by the Environmental Pillar at a national level.

Application form for Environmental Pillar: Community Groups Eligibility Form

Further information available: IEN/PPNs

Associate Membership Criteria

Associate membership of Limerick PPN is open to groups and organisations not eligible for full membership but who:

  •  Engage with or support the PPN
  •  Are an established community group, organisation or service with clear governance structures
  • Work in related, supportive or similar fields to that of the PPN or its members
  • Agree to comply with PPN Constitution
  •  Are established in Limerick for at least six months

Organisations who may qualify for Associate Membership include but are not limited to:

  •  Local Development Companies
  • University Departments or research centres, colleges, other third level groups or associations
  • Charitable trusts and foundations
  • Religious organisations whose community activities complement the priorities or activities of PPN
    members
  • Youth-led community groups, including Limerick Comhairle na nÓg.

Please note groups formed around specific local issues are not eligible for PPN membership, for example, groups formed around opposition to a particular local planning application.

Responsibility for managing PPN membership

The Secretariat is responsible for managing the membership database.  They may delegate its operation to a third party, but it must be under their control and direction.

Membership registrations are considered by the Secretariat on the basis of the information submitted. When a group seeks to register, and it is not clear if they fit the criteria, the Secretariat can request further information.

In some cases, a category of Associate membership may be added for groups who do not fit all the criteria.  Such groups would be able to receive information and access training etc., but would not have a vote.

Groups should re-register with PPN every year, to ensure that their information is up to date.  The PPN contact point(s) in a member organisation are  important for the distribution of newsletters and other information.  As such they should be active users of email.  An individual should not be the contact point for multiple groups.  Because of the separation of the functions of Public Representatives and the PPN, Councillors, TDs Senators and MEPs should not be the PPN contact point for organisations.

Member groups should be able to self-select as Community and Voluntary or Social Inclusion organisations.  In some cases, the Secretariat may offer guidance.

Registration is open!

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