GCCN Network News 2020 #4

31st January 2020

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:
Upcoming Meetings: General Elections 2020 Other:
Upcoming Meetings

Galway City Joint Policing Committee Public Meeting  

25th February 2020 

The Galway City Joint Policing Committee wishes to inform you that a public meeting will be held on:

Date:               Tuesday 25th February 2020
Venue:            Knocknacarra Community Centre
Time:              7.00pm

The Joint Policing Committee consists of members of An Garda Siochána, Elected members of Galway City Council, Oireachtas Members representing Galway City, Officials of Galway City Council and Community Representatives. The Function of the Joint Policing Committee is to serve as a forum for consultation, discussion and recommendations on matters affecting the policing of Galway City.
The Joint Policing Committee welcomes the Public’s views on items for discussion.  It is proposed that the discussion would focus on the strategic goals as outlined in the Galway City Joint Policing Committee 4 year Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020 as follows:

  1. Strategic Goal 1 – To Promote the Safety of All Road Users in Galway City;
  2. Strategic Goal 2 – To Enhance Community Safety Responses in Galway City with a view to crime prevention;
  3. Strategic Goal 3 – To Reduce and prevent anti-social behavior in Galway City;
  4. Strategic Goal 4 – To support Community Engagement Models of Practice in Galway City.

Members of the public are invited to attend the public meeting on February 20th, to express their views and any person affected by the policing of Galway City may put questions to the Joint Policing Committee on general policing matters affecting the policing of Galway City.

For further information on any of the above strategic goals please visit

All questions concerning the policing of Galway City should be submitted in writing to reach the Administrator of the Joint Policing Committee no later than Tuesday 11th February 2020 by post or email and must include the name and address of the person submitting the question, which will not be published.

Post to:                                                           Email:
JPC Administrator                                
Community & Culture
Galway City Council
City Hall
College Road
Those who require alternative arrangements for the submission of questions may contact the following number (091)536406.

The public is advised that in some circumstances, for legal reasons, it may not be possible to answer specific questions for example:

  • Information that may relate to a specific investigation
  • Information that relates to an individual
  • Information received by An Garda Siochána or the Local Authority in confidence

All details are available at the link below.

Further details
Notice of Public Meeting

Upcoming SPCs, JPC and LCDC Meetings

Dates and Documentation

A series of relevant meetings will be held in December as follows:

Structure Date of the meeting
SPC1: Housing and Social Inclusion 28th February
SPC2: Planning 18th February
SPC3: Economic, Community and Cultural Development 21st February
SPC4: Transportation 21st January
SPC5: Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity 25th February
Local Community Development Committee 12th February
Joint Policing Committee 23rd March

If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for the upcoming SPCs, LCDC and JPC meetings, please contact

Please find further information on the above-mentioned LCDC, JPC and SPCs meetings at the links below.

The agendas and further documentation will be updated on GCCN website as soon as available, so please check these links regularly.

Housing and Social Inclusion SPC Meeting - February 28th
Planning SPC Meeting - February 18th
Economic Development, Enterprise Support & Culture SPC Meeting - February 21st
Transportation SPC Meeting - January 21st
Climate Action, Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC Meeting - February 25th
Local Community Development Committee Meeting - February 12th
Joint Policing Committee Meeting - March 23rd
GCCN Diary Dates
General Elections 2020

Are You Election Ready?
What you need to know for the Elections 8th February 

With the approaching General Elections on February the 8th, 2020 make sure you have all the info you need to express your vote.

Check the links below on information on who can vote, who to vote and how to vote on February 8th.

Are you eligible to vote on February 8th?
Who will fill the five Galway West TD seats?
Voting in a Dáil Éireann Election

Galway West Candidates Invited to Sign #EVG Manifesto
My Values = My Vote
31st January 2020 

A range of local organisations including Galway City Community Network, Galway City Partnership, Galway Traveller Movement, AMACH LGBT Galway, Cope Galway, Threshold Galway, the Bridge Project, the Disability Federation of Ireland, Access for All and the Galway Anti Racism Network are working collaboratively to call on all candidates in the General Election 2020 to ensure equality and inclusion.

Adopting the values of Community, Decency and Participation, #EqualityVotesGalway has developed a manifesto calling on all candidates standing for the national election to ensure equality is at the heart of their representation.

The manifesto contains a request for pledges under five headings:
  1. Social Inclusion, Local Development and Community Development;
  2. Housing and Accommodation;
  3. Climate Action, Recreation and Amenity;
  4. Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, and;
  5. Health.
The consortium has organised an event to which all GE2020 candidates in the Galway West constituency have been invited.

The event will be live streamed by Galway Politics Live and will take place on Friday the 31st of January between 1 – 3 pm in The Harbour Hotel, Galway.

The General Elections 2020 #EVG Manifesto is available for download below.
Galway West Candidates Urged To Sign #EVG Manifesto
#EVG Manifesto

Galway Launch of the Anti Racism Election Protocol 2020
3rd January 2020

The Galway Traveller Movement and the Galway Anti Racism Network would like to invite you to the Galway launch of the Anti Racism Election Protocol 2020.

When: Monday, 3rd February, 12-1pm
Where: Galway Traveller Movement Offices, 1 The Plaza, Headford Road, Galway

Please attend and pledge your support!
Sign up say no to racism. 

More information at the links below.


Anti-Racism Election Protocol 2020
Further details
Event on Facebook

ILMI Disability Hustings
Our Voice Our Vote 

Galway Event - 4th February

In advance of General Election 2020 ILMI are hosting a series of hustings across the country (see further details at the links below). Developed in conjunction with Leaders in each area the events aim to put disability rights firmly back on the agenda. 

The Galway event will be held on the 4th of February in the Connacht Hotel from 7pm to 9pm.

Marian Maloney, member of ILMI and Galway Activism, explains “It is vital that people attend these events in person and explain to the candidates themselves what it is really like to live with a disability in 2020. Nobody can speak for us but ourselves. We know what we need and this is our opportunity as voters and citizens to say it”.

All of these public events, including the Galway one, are free and open to everyone who wants to hear how our political candidates will respond to the social, economic, and political rights and needs of disabled people.

If you are a person with a disability, family member, friend, supporter or interested member of the public please come along. 

For more information on the ILMI General Election 2020 position please see the ILMI Election Manifesto below.

If you would like further information on any of the above events then do please let ILMI know at or by calling Susan on 086 1712648. 

All the ILMI hustings:
•    30 January: Clare, Temple Gate Hotel, 10.30am - 1pm
•    3rd February: Offaly, Tullamore Court Hotel, 11am - 1pm
•    4th February: Donegal, Radisson Letterkenny, 12.30pm - 2.30pm, in partnership with Donegal CIL
•    4th February: Galway West, Connacht Hotel, 7pm - 9pm
•    5th February: Galway East, Loughrea Hotel, 11.30am - 1pm, in partnership with the IWA
•    6th February: Cork, Glen Resource Centre, 11am - 1pm


Galway Event on Facebook
Full-size Poster
ILMI Election Manifesto

INOU General Election Manifesto

 Press Release: 23rd January 2020
The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) has published their election manifesto for General Election 2020, which is available here.

The headline unemployment figures have improved since the last time the country had a General Election in 2016. But unemployment is still an issue that many people experience and have to live through and deal with its consequences.

In particular if people are distanced from the labour market because of their employment status, the area they live in, the community they are from, their family status, their gender, their age or that they have a disability. The reality is that trying to manage on a social welfare payment, while seeking a decent job, is a challenge that requires good supports and services. 

To that end the INOU is calling on the incoming government to address particular issues under the headings of adequate income, supportive employment services, activation programmes, access to decent work and community based organisations.

Please find further details at the link below.
INOU General Election Manifesto
Further details

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