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PPN Bulletin

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Linkage and Thematic Groups

PPN linkage and thematic groups provide a connection between the elected representatives on the Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs), and the wider public participation network.  Anyone who is a member of the PPN can join a linkage or thematic group.  It’s a great way to get to know other people in the network and find out how to participate in local authority decision making.

This week the Disability Thematic Group met on zoom for the first time in 2021.  A thematic group discusses cross cutting themes, which traverse over a number of committees, such as disability issues.  If you would like to join this group, or find out more from the group email for more details.

This week, the Planning SPC also put out a call out to see if anyone was interested in joining a Planning Linkage Group.  The current elected representative on the planning SPC is Robbie Sinnott.  If you would like to join this group, email for further details.

Meanwhile, the Transport and Travel representatives would like to remind people that they have their own Facebook page where they post information, updates and news, specific to travel and transport.  The current elected PPN representatives for the Travel and Transport SPC are Martin Hoey and Gary Kearney, and you can see their Facebook page here.    

Northside Today (Near FM)

Dublin City PPN’s Robbie Sinnot (Planning SPC Rep), was talking to John Healy on Northside Today (Near FM), on Wednesday about the role of the PPN and how people can get involved. 

Very soon, Rachel Rooney of George Reynold’s Resident’s Association, WILL be on the show discussing her role in the PPN Secretariat.  We very much look forward to hearing what she has to say.

You can listen back to the shows here:

Holding it together apart

Holding It Together Apart is a community development project, supported by Dublin City Council, aimed at helping people to maintain their physical, spiritual and mental well-being while isolated and at home with Covid-19.

They have online yoga classes, creative writing competitions, tips on cookery, gardening and photography, amongst many other things.  You can see their full list of activities on their Facebook page here or on their Twitter account here.

Mental Health Reform

Our friends at Mental Health Reform are looking for people to take part in focus group discussions.  Participants must be 18, LGBTI+, and have accessed mental health services within the past two years.

The focus group discussions are happening very soon, and you can find more information here.

In case you missed it last week…

Covid-19 Emergency Fund Information

The second round of the Covid-19 Emergency Fund has been launched by the Department of Rural and Community Development.  A total of €117, 246 has been allocated to Dublin City Council and online applications for this funding are now being welcomed. 

Grants of between €1000 – €5000 will be made available and the deadline for applications is Friday 26th February 2021.

More information here

Five Lamps Arts Festival Meet-Up:  18 February

If you, or anyone you know, would like to get involved in sharing your ideas to help organise the 2021 Five Lamps Arts Festival, then go along to the online meet-up on 18 February and get involved!  The Five Lamps Arts Festival has been running since 2007, and this year is going to be even more special.

Details for the meet up here:

DCC Dublin Development Plan 2022 – 2028

Information about Dublin City Council’s Development Plan 2022 – 2028 public consultation process and submission details here:   

Dublin City Volunteer Centre is the place to go if you are looking for information, advice, training, or support for your volunteering activities.  Dublin City Volunteer Centre is a member of the PPN and is an excellent one-stop-shop for all your needs.  They also have advice for working and volunteering during Covid-19, and you can find out more information here:

Strength in using a common structure.