Fingal PPN – December Newsletter

The Fingal PPN (Public Participation Network) is Fingal’s local Public Participation Network for public engagement. It provides the structure to facilitate the two way flow of information between the Local Authority and Community, Voluntary and Environmental groups. The network enables residents of Fingal and community organisations to influence plans and policies for the future development of the County.

Riverwood Residents Association is part of the Fingal PPN.

You can read the Fingal PPN December 2016 Newsletter.
Newsletters from earlier in the year are also available.

The newsletter lists forthcoming training sessions related to interacting with Local Government and event organisation (apologies that some of these events have passed).



Fingal PPN Secretariat, would like to extend best wishes to you and your community group this Christmas 2016 and wish you happiness and hope in the coming New Year.

Thank you for your ongoing support and participation with Fingal PPN over the past year.

Check out the Fingal PPN Activity Report.

Fingal PPN Plenary

The Fingal PPN Plenary was held on Wednesday 30th November in the Carlton Hotel, Santry with 61 people attending across 55 Community groups. The event was very positive with the Fingal PPN secretariat managing the meeting and an active Q & A Session with members. For more information, read the update.

PPN Membership Survey – please consider completing this survey!!!!!

University of Limerick (UL) in partnership with Community Work Ireland (CWI) are carrying out research on PPNs. It is being carried out by Dr. Chris McInerney and Cian Finn, from the UL Department of Politics and Public Administration. The primary purpose of this research is to explore experiences of participating in the PPN to date. The research seeks to learn how organisation and others have engaged with the process; how they have found the national guidelines; what are the different ways to engage with the PPN and how to assess the effectiveness and nature of participation in local decision making. Click to participate in the survey.

Fingal PPN Representatives

Reporting Fingal PPN Representatives now have the facility to write and post their reports on This facility is very important as it is supporting Representatives to fulfil their responsibilities to represent the view of PPN member and feeding back information from committees. Find out what is being discussed at Linkage Group Meetings… Fingal PPN Representatives Report 2016.

Fingal PPN Autumn Training Programme – Charities Act and Governance Training

Fingal PPN organised Charities Act and Governance training for member groups on Wednesday 16th November in Fingal County Council Offices County Hall Swords. The session was delivered by Derek O Reilly, Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups and was attended by 14 groups across the county.
Read more information and to view presentations from the session.

Fundraising for Community Groups

Fundraising for Community Groups training was run in conjunction with the Fingal PPN Plenary on Wednesday 30th November. Over 55 groups were in attendance to receive the extensive knowledge and advice delivered by Evelyn Fitzpatrick, Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups
Read more information and to view presentations from the session.

Vacancies for PPN Representative Positions

There are still some vacant positions for PPN Representatives on various committees. Read more information on the vacant positions.

Vacant Positions:
Joint Policing Committee – 1 Vacant Position – Community/Voluntary
Housing SPC – 2 vacant Position – Environment, Social Inclusion
Economic and Enterprise Development SPC – 1 vacant position – Environment
Arts/Culture and Community SPC – 1 vacant Position – Social Inclusion

If you are interested in taking up one of the above positions please email
Note: filling these positions may necessitate an election.


2017 Fingal PPN Information & Training Programme

After a successful Autumn Training programme, Fingal PPN is developing a new 2017 Information & Training programme and we would like to hear from you and your group. Please complete the online form to let us know what information and training you would like to receive in 2017.


Fingal County Council Activities Funding

Fingal County Council Community Culture and Sports Division have a small budget to support Community and Voluntary Group Activities in Fingal. For further information contact the Community Development Office 018905080 or Email or see their web page.


Our Communities: A Framework Policy for Local and Community Development

Check out the Community Workers Ireland feedback on the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, National Forum on Local & Community Development held on November 23rd in the The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8 (9am to 4.30). The Forum was the first opportunity for many to engage with the Department.

Local Authority Water & Communities Office – information on what we do!

The Local Authority Waters and Communities Office was set up in March 2016 to promote and facilitate greater public participation in the management of our natural waters. The natural waters of Ireland are an integral part of our heritage and include depending on where we live or work, rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal and groundwaters. Click here for additional information on natural waters and also on the Waters and Communities Office.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017 in Fingal – Message from Coiste na Gaeilge, Fine Gall

Are you organising an event for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017 in Fingal?

There were a large number of events in the area in 2016 during Seachtain na Gaeilge and we want to build on this next year. Have you any thoughts or plans for your group. If you do please remember to check out for advice and to register your event.

Fingal County Council will be putting together its own programme for Seachtain na Gaeilge. If you would like your event to be included in this please contact Coiste na Gaeilge, Fine Gall at or ring Bernie Kelly Irish Officer at 8905369 before 20th January 2017. Má theastaíonn uaibh bhur n-ócáid a bheith san áireamh sa chlár sin téigh i dteagmháil leis an gCoiste Gaeilge ag nó glaoigh ar Bernie Kelly, Oifigeach Gaeilge ag 8905369 roimh 20 Eanáir 2017.