The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) are interested in getting your views on Public Participation Networks (PPNs).
PPNs were first set up six years ago. They are now operational in all counties in Ireland and have over 18,000 groups with over 1.5 million members registered with them.
The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) has appointed Mazars consultants to carry out an independent structural review of the PPNs to guide their future development and ensure that the structures in place allow for effective representation of their communities in local decision-making.
This survey is the first part of a number of consultations that will take place as part of the review and we are looking to hear from all those who have an interest in the PPNs about your experiences.
DRCD is very grateful to all stakeholders who take the time to fill in this survey, whatever your interest, as the answers you provide will inform later consultation phases.
You can access the survey by clicking on this link: https://mazarsconsultancy.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eD8bn33TuAufL9Q
More information about the aims and timeline of the review are included in the link.
If you have any questions about the review, please contact email@example.com.
Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys launches public consultation on the first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has today (Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021) launched a public consultation on Ireland’s first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy.
The delivery of the strategy is a key commitment in Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious five-year policy to revitalise Rural Ireland.
The consultation will last for three weeks and will involve members of the public giving their views on how best to improve and develop our outdoor amenities such as our trails, cycleways, waterways, beaches, mountains, bogs and forests.
The public are also being asked to consider ways to develop activity tourism and outdoor pursuits such as cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, surfing, wind-surfing, sailing, paragliding and hang-gliding.
The consultation will run for the next three weeks with the closing set scheduled for 5pm on 23 June, 2021.
The strategy is being developed in partnership with Comhairle na Tuaithe (The Countryside Council).
Launching the public consultation today, Minister Humphreys said:
“COVID-19 has shown us all how vital our outdoor amenities are for our mental and physical well being.
“Our new National Outdoor Recreation Strategy will be all about investing in our great outdoors.
“I want to get the views of as many members of the public and stakeholders on how best to develop our outdoor amenities such as our hiking trails, cycleways, rivers, forests and mountains.
“And I want this strategy to place a big focus on tourism, including adventure tourism. There is clearly growing interest in the great outdoors amongst all tourists, both domestically and internationally, and we are well positioned to respond to that demand.”
Minister Humphreys continued:
“Without doubt, outdoor recreation is going to be key to our recovery post-COVID-19.
“So let’s think big and ambitious. I am delighted that Comhairle na Tuaithe are spearheading this work in conjunction with my Department.
“Above all, I want to see as many members of the public as possible submit their ideas over the next three weeks.
“Together, let’s devise a National Outdoor Recreation Strategy that we can be proud of and one that has the capacity to benefit our economy for years to come.
“A strategy like this will help us re-imagine and revitalise our rural countryside, which is what we have set out to do in ‘Our Rural Future’.”
Dr. Liam Twomey, Independent Chair of Comhairle na Tuaithe added:
“Comhairle na Tuaithe has done much to support and facilitate the sustainable development of outdoor recreation in Ireland. The development of this Strategy is vital to guide the work of Comhairle na Tuaithe and indeed the strategic development of the sector across Government in the coming years. This consultation provides an opportunity for all to input on the future direction of the sector and I would encourage all stakeholders to participate in the consultation.”
This is the first stage of a two-stage consultation process. In the first stage, interested stakeholders and individuals are encouraged to share their views on outdoor recreation via an online questionnaire.
To input your views on outdoor recreation, please complete the online questionnaire on gov.ie.
Responses will inform the preparation of the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy for Ireland. The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on 23 June, 2021.
KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL/COMHAIRLE CONTAE CHIARRAÍ
Expression of Interest – Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2021/
Léiriú Spéise – Scéim Athnuachana na mBailte agus na Sráidbhailte 2021
Kerry County Council is seeking ‘Expressions of Interests’ from groups/organisations who may have suitable projects for consideration under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2021. This scheme has been developed by the Department of Rural and Community Development to support measures which rejuvenate rural and urban towns and villages throughout Ireland.
The measures that will be supported by the 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme include:
Kerry County Council at this early stage is trying to ascertain the potential level of interest and the type/nature of projects that may be eligible under the scheme.
All Expressions of Interest will be assessed based on the priorities as contained in the Scheme Outline.
All interested groups/organisations must complete an Expression of Interest Form and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Community & Tourism Department, Kerry County Council, County Buildings, Rathass, Tralee, Co. Kerry no later than 5 p.m. on Friday 11th June, 2021.
The deadline is set to allow all applications to be assessed in advance of the Local Authority submitting final applications to the Department of Rural and Community Development by 16th July 2021.
The Scheme Outline and Expression of Interest form attached sets out the detailed requirements under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2021. Details of the Scheme are also available on Kerry County Council’s website – www.kerrycoco.ie
Please contact your local Municipal District Office with your queries or email email@example.com
Kerry VC would like to let groups know applications are now open for the Good Governance Awards 2021 (GGA) until 14th September. As you may know we were involved in the establishment of the GGA by Carmichael and serve as a member of the judging panel.
The benefits of entry to the awards for a group are many, including detailed feedback on your annual report from the award’s assessors to demonstrating your groups commitment to good governance.
Kerry Volunteer Centre are strongly encouraging Kerry based non-profit organisations which publish an annual report to enter the awards and highly recommended the many groups who participated in recent training on ‘How To Develop an Annual Report’ delivered by the Volunteer Centre in collaboration with Carmichael to enter. The entry process is really simple and takes less than 5 minutes!
Groups can bear in mind that there is an added incentive for smaller volunteer only nonprofits (with an annual turnover of less than €50,000) to enter in category 1, which Kerry Volunteer Centre advocated for. Specifically, those shortlisted will receive €1,000 with the overall winner receiving an additional €1,000.
In 2021 there will be 7 categories. These are:
Groups can simply click here to enter!
The Passport Service has recommenced processing Passport Online applications and is scaling up operations to clear all applications on hand within 6-8 weeks.
The Passport Service are aware there is an issue with a small number of resubmission links for photographs, consent forms for children and first time adult witness forms. They are working on this issue and will update when it is resolved. The Customer Service Hub are available to assist but they cannot issue a new link until this issue is resolved.
Passport Online is open to all applicants, including children, renewing their passports and those applying for their first passport who are resident in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. If you are resident in a country where Passport Online is not available, please contact your local Irish Embassy or Consulate.
To apply via Passport Online, https://passportonline.dfa.ie/Apply/Passport
The processing of Passport Express applications, including Northern Ireland Passport Express and Great Britain Passport Express, is currently paused. The turnaround time after they resume processing will be 6-8 weeks.
Foreign Birth Registrations
If you have a query regarding a passport application, please contact Customer Service Hub on +35316711633 who will be happy to assist you.
Airfield invite fledgling knitters to join us online for knitting across the nation: Airfield to Aran.
Saturday, 12 June 2021 – workshops 10am, 12pm & 2pm
Junior knitters (8-18yrs) are encouraged to join our online workshops to explore the heritage of Irish wool, wool processing, natural plant dyes and creative knitting. Registered participants will receive a free starter kit* and can get creative by hand knitting and decorating a pair of handwarmers using 100% Airfield Jacob sheep wool or explore creative ways to source and use natural plant dyes. *While stocks last. T&Cs apply.
For more information or to register online visit www.airfield.ie/cruinniu-na-nog
NESC publishes report no.154, Digital Inclusion in Ireland: Connectivity, Devices & Skills.
The report outlines disparities in access to ICT in Ireland, due to variations in access to connections, devices, and the skills and confidence to use ICT effectively. Therefore, NESC recommends the development of a national strategy for digital inclusion, with a key focus on co-ordinating existing work carried out by the State, businesses and the community. A comprehensive framework for digital skills progression and certification should be put in place, as well as targeted supports for key groups, including those with low incomes, and smaller businesses and farms.
The report will be officially launched at an event on 1 July 2021. Further details of this can be found on www.nesc.ie.
Join in with the ambassadors to Ireland for a cycle to celebrate World Bicycle Day
In this cheerful video, nine ambassadors to Ireland get on their bikes and ask Irish viewers to join them in order to celebrate World Bicycle Day on June 3rd.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/t12hyp1wpaE
The ambassadors praise the benefits of cycling for both physical and mental health, for reducing our carbon footprint, and also simply because it’s good fun. Cycling is to be shared with family and friends… and as you will see, even our furry friends!
The ambassadors of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Poland share their tips with Irish audience on how to be an accomplished, safety-conscious and weather-undeterred cyclist – all in a lighthearted manner!
They also admire the recent transformation of Dublin into a bicycle-friendly capital.
The video was produced by the Polish Embassy in Dublin in order to pay tribute to Leszek Sibilski, a Polish cyclist turned academic, thanks to whose tireless efforts the United Nations established World Bicycle Day in 2018.