Working with the Community

Laois Public Participation Network (PPN)

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‌What is a PPN?

The PPN or Public Participation Network is a new framework for public engagement and participation and is currently being established within Co. Laois.

The PPN will be the main link through which the Local Authority connects with community, social inclusion and environmental sectors.

Why do we need a PPN?

The PPN gives you a voice!!

The aim of a PPN Structure is to facilitate and enable public organisations operating within the wider community to give voice to a diverse range of views, issues and interests within the local government system.
The PPN will:

  • Facilitate the participation by the public and representation of communities in a fair, equitable and transparent manner through the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary sectors on decision making bodies.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary groups to contribute positively to the community that they live/participate in.
  • Provide information to the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary sectors and will act as a hub around which information can be received and distributed.

Why should my group/organisation register and join the PPN?

There are a number of reasons why your group should be a part of the PPN:

  1. Networking, sharing information, learning from other groups in your local area or your particular field / sector.
  2. Create a sense of solidarity and collective action across the county.
  3. Elect representatives to policy and decision making boards and committees.
  4. Avail of low cost or free training in the county.
  5. Get information on funding, grants and initiatives that are of interest to your group.


If your group wishes to avail of any future local government funding opportunities, you must now be registered with the PPN in your county!


To register please visit and register online or download the following registration form Laois PPN Registration Form 2017 NEW and post to Pamela Tynan, Laois PPN Coordinator at the address below.

For further information please contact us at
Laois Public Participation Network
JFL Avenue
Lyster Square
Co. Laois

057 8665661

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Joint Policing Committee
As set out in Section 36 of the An Garda Siochana Act 2005 (Revised Joint Policing Guidelines August 2014), the purpose of a Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where the local authority and the senior Garda officers responsible for the policing of the area, with the participation of Oireachtas members and community interests, can consult, discuss and make recommendations on matters affecting the policing of the area.

Committee Laois County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) comprises a membership of 26:

  • Local Elected Representatives (13)
  • Oireachtas members (4)
  • Local Authority Chief Executive (1)
  • Senior Garda Officers (2)
  • Community Representatives (6)

JPC Meetings 2016

Map of An Garda Síochána Divisions

Useful Links

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Community Projects Fund
The Community Project Fund gives Laois County Council an opportunity to support the many varied and diverse projects throughout Laois, acknowledging the voluntary efforts made within our community, also assisting those groups that wouldn’t ordinarily be supported by major national/international structures, to achieve at a high level both locally, nationally and internationally.

Applicant groups will be supported by an elected member of Laois County Council, giving weight to the group’s constant efforts for their local community and beyond.




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Community & Voluntary Awards

The heroes of local communities across the County were celebrated by Laois County Council in association with Laois Public Participation Network on Wednesday 11th May when over 230 people gathered in the The Heritage Hotel in Killenard for the 7th Annual Community and Voluntary Awards. The Awards are hosted to recognise the tremendous contribution made by community and voluntary groups to life in County Laois.

All nominees were recognised as having made a significant difference within and beyond their local community, through giving of their time, co-operation, their imagination and their hard work to achieve rewards of successful clubs, events and fundraising within the community. Each group and individual was congratulated on the night and presented with a certificate acknowledging their contribution to the community and voluntary effort in Laois.

The Master of Ceremonies on the night was RTE’s Justin Treacy, a native of County Laois. The evening opened with a music ensemble by Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil followed by addresses by the Cathaoirleach, Laois County Council, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Charles Flanagan and the Chief Executive, Laois County Council, Mr. John Mulholland.

The judges were thanked for their input having been impressed again this year they continue to be impressed and inspired by the ongoing commitment from so many people who achieve so much with so little. All the communities represented were sincerely thanked and were reminded that every community nominated is already a winner.

Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Catherine Fitzgerald said “we honour people like you in communities all over our county, and all that you have achieved. Without the work of our volunteers, life in our county wouldn’t exist to the same standard that it does. Your positive attitude and creative skills make good things happen, and while we all know that we need money to exist, it’s the enrichment of people and communities that is so much more important”.

Awards Runners up and Winners on the night were:


WINNER:                         Portlaoise St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Runner Up:                      Killeshin Pipe Band


WINNER:                        St. Abban’s Athletic Club

Runner Up:                     O’Dempsey’s GAA Club

Killeshin Community Centre


WINNER:                        1st Laois (Mountmellick) Scouts

Runner Up:                     Ratheniska Foroige Club


WINNER:                          Killenard Tidy Towns Committee

Runner Up:                      Clonaslee Tidy Towns Committee

Mountrath Playground/Amenity Park Committee


WINNER:                          PATH

Runner Up:                       Mountmellick Community Care


Of the15 nominations for Unsung Hero, Maura Reddin, a native of Mountmellick, was honoured on the night by Laois County Council as Unsung Hero 2016 and was presented with her award by Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Catherine Fitzgerald. Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald, congratulated all the nominees, who are, as she put it, heroes in their own community, for the hard work and commitment they put into their local areas and people.

Justin Treacy thanked the sponsors – The Nationalist, Laois Local Enterprise Office, Sports Partnership, Laois Partnership Company, Laois Public Participation Network and the Environment and Arts Sections of Laois County Council., and the Heritage Hotel, Killenard were also thanked for hosting the event.

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