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The main reason the PPNs were set up is to enable community groups to be represented and to feed into local government decision-making in a way that is fair, clear and respectful. The PPNs have three main areas of interest, also called ‘Colleges’:

  • Community and Voluntary
  • Social Inclusion
  • Environmental

On becoming a member of a PPN, each organisation is asked to select its College which represents their main interest. The Colleges nominate and elect people from within their Member Groups to represent them on some of the Boards and Committees set up by the Local Authorities and other bodies. This is key to the participation part of the Public Participation Networks. This is how the voices of Member Groups are included and heard when it comes to the policy and decision-making process.

We currently have vacancies on several committees (see details below). The deadline for nominations is midnight on Friday 10th November 2023. If you have any questions, please contact us on 0214 285340 or email .

Please submit your nomination by completing this form:

CURRENT VACANCIES

Cork County PPN Secretariat

The Cork County PPN Secretariat provides a coordinating and oversight function for the PPN. 

In particular, its role is to:

  • Facilitate the implementation of decisions of the PPN
  • Ensure the proper functioning of the PPN between plenary meetings
  • Coordinate the activities of the PPN
  • Communicate extensively and regularly with all PPN members and disseminate information concerning all PPN activities as widely as possible
  • Manage and support PPN staff

The Secretariat is made up of two representatives from each of the Cork County Municipal Districts i.e. Carrigaline, Macroom, Cobh, East Cork, Bandon-Kinsale, Fermoy, Kanturk-Mallow and West Cork, as well as, two representatives from each of the PPN colleges i.e. Community & Voluntary College, Social Inclusion College and Environmental College.

The Secretariat meets once a month (excluding July, August and December), usually on the first Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9pm. It has been meeting online during Covid-19 but will return to face-to-face meetings as soon as possible. The face-to-face meetings will take place in Cork County Hall and travel and subsistence expenses will be covered by Cork County PPN.

There are 6 vacant Secretariat Seats that are open for nominations, as follows-

  • Vacant – Carrigaline Municipal District
  • Vacant – East Cork Municipal District
  • Vacant – Macroom Municipal District
  • Vacant – West Cork Municipal District
  • Vacant– Community & Voluntary Electoral College          
  • Vacant– Environmental Electoral College            

Please submit your nomination by completing this form:

Joint Policing Committee (JPC)

The purpose of Joint Policing Committees (JPCs) is to develop greater consultation and cooperation on policing and crime issues between An Garda Síochána, Local Authorities and the Community and Voluntary sectors. To find out more, check out the section on the Joint Policing Committee on the Cork County Council’s website.

The JPC meets quarterly.

There are 2 vacant JPC Seats that are open for nominations from the Community and Voluntary college.

Please submit your nomination by completing this form:

Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs)

Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) are local authority committees in city and county councils whose membership includes elected councillors, representatives of business, farming interests, trade unions, the environment, social inclusion and the community sectors. The PPN is responsible for the election of environment, social inclusion and the community sectors Reps onto SPCs. To find out more about the scheme, you can read the STRATEGIC POLICY COMMITTEE SCHEME 2019-2024 on the Cork County Council’s website.

It is the task of the Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs), as committees of the council, to advise and assist the council in the formulation, development and review of policy. They have no remit in relation to routine operational matters regarding the delivery of services. The SPC system is intended to give councillors and relevant sectoral interests an opportunity for full involvement in the policy making process from the early stages.

There are eight Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) in Cork County Council and they meet quarterly.

SPC Vacancies:

  • 1 x Housing Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) from the Community and Voluntary college

1 x Social Inclusion, Community and Rural Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) from the Community and Voluntary college

Please submit your nomination by completing this form:

For more information on the role of a PPN Rep, please read our Representatives Charter:

For further details on the nomination process, see page 44 – 47 of the PPN Handbook (2020):

LIST OF PPN COMMITTEE SEATS

Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs)

Committee NameCommittee PurposeTotal PPN SeatsCollege/Pillar Vacant Seats
Planning & Strategic Development SPCTo assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of Planning & Strategic Development Policy in Cork County. 3    Community & Voluntary: Carol Harpur

Social Inclusion: Tadgh Quill-Manley

Environment: Bernie Connolly   
Environment, Climate Action and Biodiversity SPCTo assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of Environment Policy in Cork County.3  Community & Voluntary: Conor O’Brien

Environment: Raffaella Valenti

Environment:  Caitriona Courtney
Economic Development & Enterprise SPCTo assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of Economic Development & Enterprise Policy in Cork County.Community & Voluntary:  Owen Hurley 
Tourism SPCTo assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of Tourism Policy in Cork County.1   Community & Voluntary:  Doug Lucey 
Housing SPCTo assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of Housing Policy in Cork County. 4    Community & Voluntary:  Eileen Kelly-McCarthy

Community & Voluntary VACANT

Social Inclusion:  Jose Ospina

Social Inclusion:  Margarita O’Driscoll
Roads & Transportation SPCTo assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of Roads & Transportation Policy in Cork County.3Community & Voluntary:  Brid Coakley

Social Inclusion:  Tim Hanley

Environment:  Dr Darren McAdam-O’Connell
Social Inclusion, Community & Rural Development SPCTo assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of Social Inclusion & Community Policy in Cork County.6Community & Voluntary:  Mair Kelly

Community & Voluntary:  Pauline O’Dwyer

Community & Voluntary:  Gavin Falk

Community & Voluntary:  VACANT

Social Inclusion:  Pat Dooley

Environment:  Ana Ospina
Arts, Culture & Languages SPCTo assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of Arts, Culture & Languages Policy in Cork County.3Community & Voluntary: Colum Cronin

Community & Voluntary: Micheal De Buitleir

Social Inclusion: Judith Gilbert

Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs)

Committee NameCommittee PurposePPN SeatsCollege/Pillar Vacant Seats
North Cork LCDCTo develop, co-ordinate and implement an integrated approach to local and community development. To pursue opportunities for funding & to monitor the Community elements of the LECP (Local Economic & Community Plan).   2      Community & Voluntary: Bob Seward

Community & Voluntary: Denis McNamara
South Cork LCDCTo develop, co-ordinate and implement an integrated approach to local and community development. To pursue opportunities for funding & to monitor the Community elements of the LECP (Local Economic & Community Plan).   2      Community & Voluntary: Liam MacCarthy

Community & Voluntary: Tom Howard
West Cork LCDCTo develop, co-ordinate and implement an integrated approach to local and community development. To pursue opportunities for funding & to monitor the Community elements of the LECP (Local Economic & Community Plan).   2      Community & Voluntary: Helen O’Sullivan

Community & Voluntary: Finbarr Harrington

Joint Policing Committee (JPC)

Committee NameCommittee PurposeTotal PPN SeatsCollege/Pillar Vacant Seats
Joint Policing Committee (JPC)To develop greater consultation, co-operation and synergy on policing and crime issues between An Garda Síochána, Cork County Council and its Elected Representatives, and the Community and Voluntary sector. 7  Community & Voluntary: Geraldine McNamara  

Community & Voluntary: Gerry Moore

Community & Voluntary: John Fuller

Community & Voluntary: Sean Kelly

Community & Voluntary: Danny Crowley

Community & Voluntary: VACANT

Community & Voluntary: VACANT

If you have any questions, please contact us on 0214 28 5340 or email .