- Is it a requirement that a Community & Voluntary organisation, that wishes to register with a PPN, has a constitution, an officer structure, e.g. Chairperson, Secretary etc., a Bank Account, Garda Vetting etc? Or are any of these elements optional?
All organisations registered for the PPN should have an agreed set of rules and a working structure that informs the appropriate workings and structures for that organisation, which may differ across organisations. In most cases, this will likely be a constitution.
- Do groups that were previously registered with the Community & Voluntary Forum now have to register again for the PPN process? Groups that were previously registered with the C&V forum must register with the PPN and self-select the Electoral College that is appropriate for their organisation.
- What votes are registered groups entitled to? All groups registered will have one vote for the election of representatives from their respective College to the Secretariat and one vote to select each representative from their geographical area (municipal district) to the Secretariat.
- Can groups join the PPN without selecting a Municipal District? No, Groups must have an address in County Clare to register with the PPN and whatever municipal district this address is in will automatically become their area. This is in order to ensure that no group can organise to have votes in every area.
- What is a linkage group and what is the role of a linkage group? When the Local Authority seeks representative(s) for its various County Committees, SPCs etc. they contact the PPN secretariat with the details. The PPN secretariat then contacts ALL organisations who are members of the PPN indicating the place(s) that are available and calling all interested organisations with an interest in this issue (stakeholders) to a meeting. The group of organisations that assembles is the PPN’s Linkage Group on this particular topic. The Linkage Group chooses the PPN’s representatives sought by the Local Authority. The linkage group will be set up when there is a new committee or structure established by the Council that requires public participation. The linkage group will be in place until the committee or structure has been dissolved by the Council. The linkage group will operate as a reference group for the person they have chosen to represent their group and should meet regularly to support the nominated representative to be informed and reflect the viewpoints of the linkage group.
- How will PPN meetings be organised? Once the PPN is established by the Council, it will become an autonomous body, independent of the Council. PPN meetings will be called and organised by a committee known as the Secretariat. The Secretariat will oversee communication within the PPN and between the PPN and the Council. Secretariat members will be selected by the PPN itself.
- How can my group register with the PPN? You can register your group with the Public Participation Network either ONLINE or by downloading and printing a form here.
Further information and assistance is also available by contacting Sarah Clancy on 086 1617375 or firstname.lastname@example.org