16 February 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea, officially launched the Cork County Public Participation Network (PPN) website on todayat 6pm in County Hall and also acknowledged the progress that has been made to date in establishing the Cork County PPN as a key resource for the Community and Voluntary sectors in County Cork. The Mayor was joined by Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Chief Superintendent William Dillane representing An Garda Siochana and a number of representatives from Cork County social inclusion, community and environment groups.
Cork County PPN is a cumulative network bringing Community and Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environment organisations, together for the purpose of joining this new and exciting initiative. In 2015, over 700 organisations registered with Cork County PPN and registrations for 2016 are now open again, allowing groups from across Cork County the opportunity to interact with Cork County Council and keep up to date on important information such as funding opportunities, public consultations, plan-making and policy development. Registrations are now open until March 31st 2016.
Cork County PPN Co-ordinator Noelle Desmond noted the wide range of organisations that have joined to date “There are Tidy Towns groups, residents associations, sports organisations, amenity development committees, advocacy groups and environmental groups to name but a few. Registration is easy, free and is open until March 31st of this year so we would actively encourage any groups and organisations that haven’t already registered to do so now.”
Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea said “I am delighted to see the immense progress that has been made in establishing the Cork County PPN thus far and am in no doubt that the Cork County PPN website www.corkcountyppn.com will provide a fantastic online focal point enabling even greater interaction. I would strongly encourage groups to sign up and take part. Joining the PPN ensures your organisation is not only kept informed but provides an key opportunity to interact with the policy-making committees of Cork County Council and most importantly, have your voice heard.”
Further information is available by contacting 021 4285340 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations close on March 31st 2016.