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Policy Information

Public Participation Networks

Published: 22 November 2018
From: Department of Rural and Community Development


A Public Participation Network (PPN) is a network that allows local authorities to connect with community groups around the country.

The PPN is the 'go to' for all local authorities who wish to benefit from community and voluntary expertise in their area.

How PPNs work

Community groups register to join the PPN in their local authority area.

PPNs give citizens a greater say in local government decisions which affect their own communities.

Our democracy is made stronger, by allowing diverse views and interests to be considered as part of the decision making process of local government.

Community Groups

The three main community groups are:

  • voluntary groups working in our communities, like sports clubs, cultural societies, Meals on Wheels or TidyTowns
  • local organisations formed to protect the environment, like An Taisce or Bird Watch Ireland
  • groups representing people who are socially excluded and whose voices are not heard in our society, such as people with disabilities, migrants or Travellers

More information

Each PPN has its own website. See Public Participation Networks: How to contact for each PPN's contact details.

To view the PPN annual report, please click the following link: Public Participation Network Annual Report.