Longford community groups to develop PPN Election Mandate

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Siobhán Cronogue

Siobhán Cronogue, PPN Development Officer

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand recently announced that her Government will present a ‘well-being budget’ to gauge the long-term impact of policy on the quality of people’s lives.

She said, “We need to address the societal well-being of our nation, not just the economic well-being.”

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County Longford Public Participation Network (PPN) was the first in the country to develop their ‘Community Wellbeing Vision Statements’ for each Municipal District and the county last year.

They were also one of only four PPN’s who developed the ‘Community Wellbeing Toolkit’ which will be used by the rest of the PPN’s throughout the country when developing their wellbeing statements.

Siobhán Cronogue, PPN Development Officer, said, “Based on the results of the Wellbeing Visions, County Longford PPN are now inviting members to collectively develop a PPN Election Mandate 2019.”

She said, “This will give all groups in each municipal district an opportunity to have a say on what they feel election candidates need to hear and work towards to enable them to deliver the PPN shared Community Wellbeing Visions.”

The PPN Secretariat are delighted to welcome Dr Harriet Emmerson back to facilitate the workshops in each municipal district and look forward to the same level of engagement the PPN has seen from groups around the county since its establishment.

The workshops will take place for PPN groups in Granard MD on Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm in Granard Library, for groups registered in the Ballymahon MD, Wednesday, February 13 at 7pm and for all groups in the Longford MD, on Thursday, February 14 at 7pm in EDI Centre, 11A2 Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Road, Longford. Registration will commence at 6.45pm. Refreshments will be provided.

For further information please contact Siobhán on 087 261 5583 or email ppn@longfordcoco.ie