County Longford Public Participation Network gets go-ahead for full-time support worker

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County Longford Public Participation Network gets go-ahead for full-time support worker

Peter Woods (DMR Roads Policing), Paddy Mahon, Breda Greaves, Peggy Baxter (Clondra Comm. Ass.), Slavek Kazek (Midlands Polish Comm. Ass), Siobhan Cronogue, Photo by Shelley Corcoran

The County Longford Public Participation Network is to receive additional funding towards employing a full-time support worker.

The announcement was made by Longford County Council Chief Executive Paddy Mahon during last Wednesday’s PPN plenary meeting.

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Siobhán Cronogue, PPN Development Officer, said; “One of the highlights of the meeting was the announcement by Paddy Mahon of the additional funding provided by the Department and Local Authority to employ a full-time support worker whose role will be to assist PPN Development Officers in 2019.”

Mr Mahon praised the work of the PPN and gave examples of the many ways the local authority and the PPN community groups have successfully engaged and collaborated throughout the year. He said, “300 grant applications were successfully approved this year for community groups under 14 different funding streams which the council manage”.

The meeting, chaired by Brendan Quigley (PPN Secretariat), also featured the launch of ‘Operation Enable’ which came into operation on Monday, December 3 and is being enforced by the local Garda Traffic Unit.

Inspector Peter Woods, Dublin Metropolitan Roads Policing, said “The misuse of disabled parking bays is an issue that causes genuine anguish and distress for disabled motorists for who the designated bays are a lifeline to enable them to go about their daily lives. Operation Enable is a way for communities to work together with local authorities and Gardai to tackle this issue.”