Call for nominations for vacant seats on Secretariat

Due to resignations during the year, there are TWO positions currently open on the PPN Secretariat. The Secretariat is the steering committee of the PPN. Its job is to consider the many issues facing the community sector in Co Monaghan and what the community’s stance should be, then to support the various community reps on the decision-making structures to get that stance heard when the decisions are being made. The Secretariat meets once a month, usually the 3rd Tuesday, from 8 to 10pm. Travel expenses are reimbursed for those who give their time to serve on this important body.

If you are interested in serving, we are currently recruiting for the following vacancies on the Secretariat:

Clones Ballybay MD rep.
– Monaghan MD rep.

To put yourself forward for either of these positions,
– You must be a member of a community group which is registered with the PPN
– Your group must be registered under the Municipal District in which you are standing
You can check if your group is registered, and which MD it’s listed under, here:

Nominations will be accepted up until Friday 13th November, and appointments will be ratified at next Tuesday’s Plenary meeting. If there is more than one nominee for either or both of the seats, an election will be held on the night.

For this reason, we are asking all nominees to supply a paragraph on themselves and their community experience to help voters to choose their candidate.

You can download the nomination forms here:

Nomination form for MONAGHAN MD seat

Nomination form for CLONES BALLYBAY MD seat


Please return to before 5pm on Friday 13th November.


Inaugural meeting of Secretariat set for 13th April

The newly appointed Secretariat of the PPN will meet for the first time on Monday next in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre.  The main business of the meeting will be to look at the Local Community Development Committee’s draft Socio-Economic Framework and to consider how best to consult with the community sector on identifying the priority issues for the county and how these can be addressed.

We wish them luck.

Big turnout for March Plenary of the PPN

A big thank you to the many groups who came out to the March plenary of the PPN in Corcaghan last night.  The meeting was preceded by an EGM of Monaghan Community Forum, at which a resolution was passed to dissolve the Forum, clearing the way for the PPN to take up the reins.

The main business of the Plenary was to put some more detail to the issues which had been identified by the Municipal District PPN’s back in January as being important to the well-being of the people of Co Monaghan. The priorities identified by the PPN will feed into a number of important strategies over the coming months, and help to decide how and where funding resources should be allocated around the county.

Also at the meeting, the Electoral College places on the PPN Secretariat were filled.  We extend a warm welcome to:

Social Inclusion EC:

  • Packie Kelly  (Excluded Voices)
  • Siobhan McKenna (Tearmann Domestic Violence Support)

Environment EC:

  • Pat Merrick ( Castleblayney Tidy Towns)
  • Michael Connolly (Transition Monaghan)

Community & Voluntary EC:

  • Noel Carney  (Dartrey Heritage Group)
  • Linda Moore (Kilmore/ Swanns Cross Community Alert)

Congratulations to all, and thank you for taking on the responsibility of directing the work of the PPN on behalf of the communities of Co Monaghan.

Plenary March 2015 secretariat Plenary March 2015 crowd Plenary March 2015 workshop


Welcome to latest rep nominated onto Secretariat

We extend a warm welcome to Emer Brennan, chair of the Co Monaghan Network of Tidy Towns Groups & Residents Associations, who was last night nominated to represent the Network on the new PPN Secretariat.

Emer joins:

  • Robert Wilson, who represents Co Monaghan Community Network,
  • Alex Watson who represents the Arts Network,
  • Andrew McCaul who represents the Heritage Network
  • Chrissie Walker, who represents the Older People’s Network
  • Tom Freeman, who represents Carrickmacross Castleblayney Municipal District
  • Deirdre Kelly, who represents Clones Ballybay Municipal District
  • Gavin Shipley, who represents Monaghan Municipal District

7 seats remain to be filled, as follows:

  • 1 seat for Community Safety Network – to be filled at their meeting on April 2nd
  • 2 seats for Environment Electoral College – to be filled at PPN meeting on 24th March – nominations now being invited
  • 2 seats for Social Inclusion Electoral College – to be filled at PPN meeting on 24th March – nominations now being invited
  • 2 seats for Community & Voluntary Electoral College –  to be filled at PPN meeting on 24th March – nominations now being invited

Carrickmacross Castleblayney MD elects rep onto County Secretariat

A large crowd braved the snowy weather on Wednesday night last, 28th January, to attend the inaugural meeting of the Public Participation Network (PPN) for the Carrickmacross Castleblayney Municipal District in Carrickmacross Workhouse. In attendance was Mr. Cathal Flynn, the Municipal District Co-Ordinator, who explained the new Council structures to the meeting. Arising from the introduction of the Local Government Reform Act last July, the five Town Councils in Co Monaghan have been amalgamated into the County Council, and three Municipal Districts have been introduced to facilitate a more local response to the county’s needs where appropriate.

Another feature of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 is that the Council has been given a key role in supporting community development, and has been charged with setting up Public Participation Networks to facilitate robust interaction between the Council and the local communities it serves. Ms Carol Lambe, Community Development Officer with Monaghan County Council, facilitated a discussion on the main issues affecting the quality of life for people living in the Carrickmacross Castleblayney Municipal District. The issues pinpointed on the night will feed into a wider consultation process which will inform the work of the new Local Community Development Committee – another body introduced under the Local Government Reform Act 2014.

Some of the attendees at the MD meeting

Some of the attendees at the MD meeting

Dara MacGabhann from Monaghan Community Forum took those present through the changing structures in the community sector; the Community Forum will cease to operate at the end of March, and the Monaghan Public Participation Network will take over. The purpose of the PPN will be to ensure that the voice of the community sector is heard when decisions are being made by the Council. Key to the success of the PPN will be the community representatives which are appointed via the PPN onto the various committees of the Council.

A Secretariat is being set up to manage the activities of the PPN. One rep from the Municipal District was sought on the night. Tom Freeman of Magheracloone was appointed to serve as the Carrickmacross Castleblayney MD rep. A full county meeting towards the end of March will provide an opportunity for further reps to be appointed.

Newly elected MD rep, Tom Freeman, pictured with the event's speakers, Carol Lambe, Development Officer, Monaghan Co Co,  Cathal Flynn, MD Co-Ordinator, and Dara MacGabhainn, Monaghan Community Forum

Newly elected MD rep, Tom Freeman, pictured with the event’s speakers, Carol Lambe, Development Officer, Monaghan Co Co, Cathal Flynn, MD Co-Ordinator, and Dara MacGabhainn, Monaghan Community Forum

Monaghan Municipal District PPN elects rep to County Secretariat

At a very well attended meeting in the YWCA on Tuesday 27th January last, community and voluntary groups from across north Monaghan came together to identify the key issues which impact on the quality of life of people in north Monaghan, and to elect a representative for the MD onto the County Secretariat of the Public Participation Network.

Municipal District Co-Ordinator Donal McElwain was on hand to explain the new Council structures to those present. Afterwards, the discussion was lively on how the Council could help to improve the quality of life for all in the MD. The issues raised in the workshops will feed into the preparation of the Local Community Plan which will be embarked upon shortly by the new Local Community Development Committee.

The evening concluded with the appointment of a rep from the MD to serve on the new County Secretariat of the PPN. Gavin Shipley of Monaghan Allotments was the successful candidate.

Gavin served as Treasurer on the PPN’s precursor organisation, Monaghan Community Forum, so his appointment will help to ensure that the good work of the Forum is carried forward to the PPN.

Congratulations, Gavin!