PPN Structures

The PPN operates at two levels:

  • At Municipal District level which is a new tier of local government at sub county level and,
  • At a County-Wide level.

This means that Westmeath has a PPN for each of its two Municipal Districts.

Westmeath Municipal Districts

Two Municipal Public Participation Networks (PPN)are

  1. Athlone Municipal PPN and
  2. Mullingar Municipal PPN

Reflective of Westmeath County Council Municipal District divisions

Reflective of Westmeath County Council Municipal District divisions

All Groups register and choose to be included in either of the three electoral colleges (i.e. social inclusion, community & voluntary and environment)

  • Social Inclusion (groups focused on people experiencing disadvantage and inequality)
  • Community & Voluntary (groups involved in local development, sports social clubs etc)
  • Environment ( groups focused on protecting the environment and sustainable development)

Westmeath PPN has:

  • A County Plenary which operates at County level dealing with County level issues.
  • 2 Municipal PPNs which operates in each of the two Municipal District dealing with issues at a municipal level.
  • Linkage Groups which will form to deal with specific issues and support nominees in their participatory role. This will form part of the accountability and feedback mechanism for the PPN.
  • A Secretariat at County level that acts as facilitation administration and communication mechanism for the PPN.

Public Participation Network Structure

Public Participation Network Structure