'Operation Enable' will be launched at County Longford Public Participation Network meeting

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Dr Harriet Emerson, Barbara Heslin Longford County Council Director of Services and PPN Development Officer Siobhan Cronogue at the July plenary meeting. Photo: Michelle Ghee

Operation Enable’ Longford will be launched at the 5th plenary meeting of the County Longford Public Participation Network (PPN) on Wednesday, November 28 in Longford Library at 7pm.

Inspector Peter Woods, Dublin Metropolitan Region Roads Policing, will be the keynote speaker and he will formally launch Operation Enable, a campaign aimed at tackling the misuse of disabled bays and disability badges.

The Longford Traffic division plan to enforce Operation Enable on Monday, December 3 as part of the National Day for people with disabilities.
Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive Longford County Council, will also address the county plenary meeting.

Siobhán Cronogue, PPN Development Officer, explained that Operation Enable was a campaign that the PPN Disability Network representatives really wanted to get involved in and she thanked Inspector Blaithin Moran for the great local support she has given in getting behind the campaign.

County Longford PPN has also joined forces with Longford Chamber of Commerce to raise disability awareness in schools across the county.

A quiz for national schools was designed by PPN Disability representatives Maria Keelty (Longford Challenging Access), Angela Cunningham (Unit Head Sonas St Christopher’s) and Jennifer McEntire (ATU St Christopher’s). Deadline for entries is Friday, November 30.

Niamh Donlon, President of Longford Chamber of Commerce said, “It is important to start educating our children at a young age about all disabilities and the importance of being inclusive of all.”

Longford County Council will host a special ceremony to celebrate the winners of the competition in early December.

Ms Donlon said Longford Chamber of Commerce was delighted to collaborate with the PPN on this project and that they looke forward to many more collaborations in the future.

Over 300 community groups are now part of the PPN which links them in with Longford County Council and other important agencies.

Ms Cronogue said “I am delighted with the level of engagement from such a diverse range of volunteers who give so much to developing the community. The relationship between the PPN, County Council and various agencies has gone from strength to strength.”

For further information on County Longford Public Participation Network (PPN), contact Siobhán on 087 261 5583.