About PPN Monaghan

The network for Community, Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environmental groups in Co. Monaghan

About The PPN

PPN’s have been introduced throughout Ireland as part of the reform of Local Government. They replace the old Community Forum structure, and are seen as a deepening of the commitment of local authorities to include the community & voluntary sector in their decision-making structures. 

Co Monaghan PPN replaces Monaghan Community Forum, whose members have been helping to ease the transition and encourage groups to re-register with the new PPN structures. Monaghan County Council is very grateful for the assistance of Monaghan Community Forum.

Membership of the PPN is open to all community and voluntary groups in Co. Monaghan.

This is the first time in Irish history that the Community & Voluntary Sector has been given the right to sit at the decision-making table BY LAW. So let’s be sure to use it – JOIN TODAY!

What is the PPN?

For the first time in the history of the Irish State, the inclusion of the community & voluntary sector in Council decision-making structures has been provided for by law, via the Local Government Reform Act 2014.

The Act charges the local authority with:

How this is to be done is laid out in Dept Guidelines for PPNs provided by the Dept of the Environment, Community & Local Government. However, in Co Monaghan, we have added a few ‘tweaks’ to adapt the Guidelines to take advantage of the strong community structures which already exist in the county.

How is the PPN organised?

Membership of the PPN is open to ALL community & voluntary groups which have an address in Co Monaghan. Membership is free of charge.

Groups are organised in two ways within the PPN:

Municipal District Membership:

A group which is active in a local area will register with the County PPN, and tick the Municipal District they are located in. They will then be kept in touch with both county PPN activities and activity which is specific to their MD.

A group which is active throughout the county need register with the County PPN only. Its local branches can register in their MD also if they wish.

Which MD am I in?

Have a look at this map (see right), which shows the District Electoral Divisions in each MD:
Municipal District Map Monaghan
If your group covers an area which spans two or more MD’s, you should register under the MD in which the postal address for your group is located. In most cases, this will either be a physical premises (such as a community centre) or the home address of a committee member (who may even live outside the area covered by your group)

Type of Activity (Electoral College)

The groups are organised into three broad types of activity:

The three groups created by splitting the membership into these three activities are known as the Electoral Colleges (don’t ask us – it’s all in the Dept Guidelines!)

Sometimes, voting for a particular issue or position may be confined to members of a particular Electoral College or Municipal District, so it’s important to make sure you’re registered correctly.

Check if your group is registered?