GCCN Network News 2019 #30

27th September 2019

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:

GCCN Representatives Elections

GCCN are delighted to announce that, following the GCCN Representatives Elections held during the Plenary meeting on Wednesday, 25th September, the newly elected GCCN representatives are:

Congratulations to all for being elected and an extended thank you to all the candidates that have put themselves forward.
We look forward to working with you in the next term!

For further details see the links below.
GCCN Representatives 2019
September Plenary - Further Info

Public Rally: No to Racism - No to Direct Provision

28th September

Galway Anti Racism Network are inviting you to their Public Rally: No to Racism - No to Direct Provision.

When: Saturday, September 28th from 4pm
Where: Eyre Square, Galway

GARN are assembling in Eyre Square where they will be meeting the residents of the Great Western Direct Provision centre. Together they will be marching to the Spanish Arch for speeches and then onto the Eglinton Direct Provision centre in Salthill.

You are strongly encouraged to attend, spread the word and share the event on social media.

For further details check the facebook event below.

Event on Facebook

Misleór: Festival of Nomadic Cultures

10th -12th October

Misleór, Galway’s inaugural festival celebrating the rich heritage of nomadic cultures, will be held this year from the 10th to the 12th of October.

In a unique collaboration between the Galway Traveller Movement, the local Traveller community, artists and community activists, this 3-day event will showcase music, art, film, theatre and poetry from a variety of nomadic cultures.

Through the lens of creativity and cultural action for change, the festival will evoke important social dialogue about ethnic nomads and the barriers, prejudice and discrimination that they often face.

This festival is funded by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture – Small Town Big Ideas.

All events are free but some have limited spaces and require booking via Eventbrite. Please check the links below for further details.

Misleór - Further Info
Misleór Programme


Pobal Managing Better
Support & Advice for Trustees of Not for Profit Organisations Event
November 2019


As part of Charity Trustees Week 2019, Pobal are delighted to present two seminars entitled: “Managing Better – Support and Advice for Trustees”. Pobal welcomes organisations and groups currently engaged with Pobal through Government-funded programmes or schemes to join these two events.

First Seminar
When: Tuesday, 12th November, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Where: Íontas Centre, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan  

Second Seminar
When: Thursday, 14th November, 7.30pm – 9.30 pm
Where: ATK St. Kieran’s, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Registrations with Tea/Coffee will be at 7.00 pm on both evenings, the events will start at 7.30 pm.

The “Managing Better – Support and Advice for Trustees” event will be based on Pobal’s Managing Better Series to support and assist boards and committees within the community, voluntary and not-for-profit sector to achieve high standards of decision-making, accountability and transparency.  
The event is open to trustees/board members.
Places at each event are limited so if you wish to attend you must register in advance via our online booking form.  Please register by clicking above on the venue you wish to attend.
If you have any queries relating to this event please email

Charity Trustees’ Week is an annual event celebrating the work that charity trustees do. It will take place from 11th – 15th November 2019 with a variety of events being organised by a range of organisations. For info see link below.

The event will provide support and advice for trustees as well as an opportunity for information sharing on challenges, good practice and managing voluntary, not for profit organisations. 
Registration to Seminar in Monaghan, 12th November
Registration to Seminar in Athlone, 14th November
Info: Charity Trustees' Week: 11 - 15 November 2019

Minister Canney launches PPNs 2018 Annual Report
16% increase in the number of groups registered with PPNs

Mr Seán Canney TD, the Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, launched the 2018 Annual Report of the Public Participation Network (PPNs) on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.

As stated in the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Press Release available at the link below, Minister Canney said that this third annual report gives a good indication of the growth of PPNs in recent years, 16% more than in 2017. The report also illustrates the diverse range of activities, consultations, engagements and commitments the PPNs undertook on behalf of their members in 2018.

The Minister said:
“Engagement and consultation are core principles of citizen participation in local government and are key components of the work undertaken by PPNs.”

“The fact that there are 14,846 member organisations is indicative of a real success story. With some 920 representatives across the country on boards and committees of local authorities, not only is the voice of the local community being heard but that voice is actually influencing decisions on behalf of citizens.”

Outside their normal engagement, PPNs are acting in partnership with local authorities and collaborated on a host of events and initiatives in 2018. These include; age-friendly initiatives, sports partnerships, community awards, disability awareness, men’s sheds, digital strategies and support of women’s groups. PPNs are also actively engaged in raising the awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are influencing local policy aimed at delivering on these goals.

Further details and the report are available at the links below.
PPNs 2018 Annual Report
PPNs 2018 Annual Report - Further Info

Rural Policy 2020
Public Consultation Survey

The Department of Rural and Community Development DRCD is currently developing a new, whole-of-Government rural development policy for Ireland.  This will follow on from the Action Plan for Rural Development which was published in January 2017 and reaches the end of its three-year timeframe in 2019.

The new rural policy will be forward-looking, with a 5-year timeframe, and will focus on strengthening our rural communities and economies.  It will take account of emerging economic, societal and international developments.  These include changing demographics within rural communities, the increasing focus on climate change adaptation, diversification in the agri-food sector, the next version of the CAP and LEADER programmes, new ways of working and the changing nature of jobs, and Brexit.

In order to develop the new policy, DRCD has held a series of consultation events over the last number of months to obtain stakeholder views on the challenges and opportunities facing rural Ireland.  Following on from these events, DRCD is now inviting wider feedback, through this online survey, on the challenges and opportunities facing people living and working in for rural Ireland.

The key themes that have emerged to date are reflected in the survey questions.

DRCD welcome inputs from anyone who wishes to contribute to the development of this new policy, particularly those living and working in rural Ireland, through the online survey available at the link below.

Take the Survey Here

Feminism, Fertility and the Future Workshop
The Political is Personal: Free Event in The Druid Theatre 

Feminism, Fertility and the Future is a one-day workshop part of the IRC-funded project 'Feminism, Fertility and Reproduction: Towards a Progressive Politics'.

The evening event in The Druid Theatre is free and open to the public.

When: Thursday,October 3rd, 7.15pm
Where: The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway

A panel discussion with poet and novelist Mary Dorcey, Repeal the Eighth activist Ailbhe Smyth, and co-founder of MASI Donnah Vuma on the ways in which politics in Ireland produce the supposedly private experiences of individuals. How are the intimate experiences of childbearing and reproduction produced by social forces beyond the mother and the family? How do gender, sexuality, and class impact fertility and reproduction? What are the challenges and changes facing Ireland in the twenty-first century? How can feminism help us understand and shape our future?

For more details see links below.

Further Details
Eventbrite - one-day event

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