Longford seminar to discuss citizenship engagement and rural development

Longford seminar to discuss citizenship engagement and rural development

Longford Women’s Manifesto Group, in association with Irish Rural Link, is organising a seminar which will take place on Friday, September 30 at Longford Women’s Link.

This seminar will focus on the impact of the reforms in local government, particularly in terms of citizenship engagement and the challenges and opportunities for local authorities and the voluntary and community sector. 

“It is a new departure for councils and the voluntary sector to be working so closely together on economic and community development issues, While it’s still a work in progress it is timely to reflect on how things are going. We have a great line-up of speakers from both sectors who will share their experiences of engaging with the new structures’ commented 

Sara Bourke, Social Justice Ireland, will present an update on how the PPNs (Public Participation Networks) are operating around the country.  

A panel will include Denise Feeney, Galway County Council; Fiona McCaffrey Jones, Monaghan Women’s Network; Martin Lydon, Roscommon County Council and Tess Murphy, Longford Women’s Manifesto Group.  

The seminar will also hear from Nuala Haughey, Project Manager of the ‘Open Government’ initiative which is aimed at strengthening civil society’s capacity to increase democratic accountability. 

Sheila Reilly, Group Head of Digital, Iconic Newspapers Ireland will chair the seminar which is free of charge and runs from 10am-1pm. 

This event is aimed at representatives of the voluntary and community and statutory 

 sectors, elected representatives and any groups or individuals with an interest in local government, community and rural development.  To register a place email manifesto@lwl.ie or phone Longford Women’s Link at (043) 3341511.