Charlie Raising Awareness of PPN Aid for Local Groups

Members of Castleisland Races Committee and the Humphrey Murphy Memorial 5K and 10K pictured at the recent announcement of details of their annual meeting and associated events. Included are: seated, Chairman, Charlie Farrelly (left) and Willie Reidy. Back row: Martin Conway, Pat Hartnett, PRO; Martina O'Mahony, Tom O'Sullivan, Mags O'Sullivan, John Ryan, Ted Kenny, James Maher and Kay Reidy. ©Photograph: John Reidy 11-6-2016
Charlie Farrelly (front left) in a typical, hands-on role as chairman of Castleisland Races Committee and of the Humphrey Murphy Memorial 5K and 10K. Charlie is pictured here with fellow committee members: Willie Reidy (seated) Back row: Martin Conway, Pat Hartnett, PRO; Martina O’Mahony, Tom O’Sullivan, Mags O’Sullivan, John Ryan, Ted Kenny, James Maher and Kay Reidy. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Kerry County Council was among the first in the country to implement the terms of the Local Government Reform Act of 2014. The act provided for the establishment of a new structure called the Public Participation Network (PPN) in all local authorities areas.
The Kerry Public Participation Network has enshrined community based volunteerism as its core focus for the application and distribution of grant aid.

As with its council electoral status, Castleisland is in the Killarney Municipal District and was entitled to forward a candidate to stand for election to the governing body or secretariat.

Impressive Record

Locals believe that Charlie Farrelly’s impressive record of achievement  and involvement in community development in both Cordal and Castleisland stood to him on the night of the election in Killarney.

He won the right to sit on the decision-making secretariat. Mr. Farrelly is now actively urging voluntary groups in the Castleisland district to see where they can improve their lives and the environment of their areas with the help and encouragement of the partnership.

“Voluntary groups in the communities will qualify for grant aid once they’re involved in improving or promoting their towns or villages in any way. Planting derelict or waste-ground areas or promoting festivals are all within the scope of the network,” said Charlie.

Broader Community Sector

This new structure is the link through which the local authorities will engage with the broader community sector. Areas such as:  social inclusion and environmental sectors are all viable options for funding under the new arrangement.

“Groups involved with the network will be able to access discounted insurance policies for their activities. This could mean getting cover for less than half of what they’re currently paying. Being involved certainly has its advantages,” Charlie urged.

Register of Groups
A register of groups was set up at the  Community and Enterprise Department of Kerry County Council.

The function of the register includes the right of groups which have been signed up to participate in the election of community and voluntary representatives.

The elected representatives will hold their positions for terms which parallel those of the politically elected members of the council.

Groups or organizations wishing to register for the PPN should have an agreed set of rules and a working structure or a constitution. They should also provide proof of existence for more that six months prior to the date of the application.

Download or Collect Application Forms
Application forms are available from:  The office of the Community Department, Kerry County Council, Rathass, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
The forms are also available for download through the link here:
Clubs, groups or organizations needing guidance can contact Charlie Farrelly on: 087 20 56 150.

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