Event Name: Local Seminar 1


Information Notice

The Ballymun Job Centre and Dublin Net are pleased to invite you to a local seminar on ‘Citizen Participation and Engagement’ on the 24th June in the Wood Quay Venue.

This local seminar is aimed at community directors on Local Development Committees in Dublin City, and other interested community leaders who wish to inform an EU funded programme, ‘Europe for Citizens’. The Europe for Citizens initiative is promoting community led local development (CLLD) and aims to deepen the understanding and also the participation of the citizen in the European Union and locally through the public participation structures at local authority level.

In particular, the initiative aims to find mechanisms to encourage and support ‘more disadvantaged communities and target groups’ so as to increase their understanding and participation on Public Participation Networks (PPN’s).

To this end the first seminar will be an opportunity to find out more about the Europe for Citizens initiative. You will receive a briefing on the current standing of PPN’s in Dublin City, and contribute to discussions on how we could design a training module to assist more disadvantaged communities participate in public participation networks.

Who should attend?

  • Community Directors of Dublin City Local Development
  • Interested Community Leaders
  • Local Authority Staff
  • Members of the executive committee of Dublin City PPN


Please register for the event by contacting Debbie in the Ballymun Job Centre:
Debbie Johnston: EU Projects Assistant: T: +353 1 8667000 johnstond@bmunjob.ie

Location of Event:

Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland.

Names of main organisations that attended:

Local Area Partnerships, including Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership, TAP, and the Canal Area Partnership, Dublin Net, Doras Bui, W.F.T.R.A., Innovate Ballymun, N.W.O.P.C., Dublin City Council, Ballymun Job Centre, and other community organisations and interested groups.

Number of participants: 22

Aim of the Event:

To introduce relevant interested parties to the project, its aims and objectives and anticipated outcomes, and to get their feedback and suggestions for improvement and direction.

Guest Speakers/Facilitators:

Peter Nolan, independent consultant, facilitated the event.
Philip O’ Connor, Bernie Doherty and Michael Creedon presented.
Agenda for the Event:

Our Social Europe through Local and Civic Participation
Local Seminar 1

Wednesday June 24th – 5.00 – 7.15 p.m.
Wood Quay, Dublin 8

5.00 – Registration & Tea & Coffee

5.15 – Welcome & Overview

5.20 – Setting the Scene- Philip O Connor

5.30 – What are PPNs?
Facilitator – DCC

5.40 – An Introduction of the Our Social Europe Project
Key Objectives of the Project
Facilitator – Mick Creedon

6.00 – Q&A

6.15 – Discussion
“Developing a methodology for the engaging in Civic Participation of citizens from areas of disadvantage”
Facilitator- Peter Nolan

7:00 – Closing Remarks


General Summary:

Please see below for a brief summary of the event:

Peter Nolan welcomed the attendees to the seminar and introduced the panel of presenters. Philip O Connor presented his desktop research. Philip outlined the responsibilities of Irish Local Authorities for increasing the engagement and participation of communities in decision making and planning services including schools, hospitals etc. using Public Participation Networks. Bernie Doherty explained the concept of the Public Participation Networks. Initially they will be implemented by the Local Authorities and after that they are independent. The Plenary for the Dublin PPN was held in May with 102 attendees. A nine body Secretariat was elected at this meeting. Dublin will be divided into five individual PPN areas. Mick Creedon introduced the Our Social Europe project. Peter Nolan asked the attendees to split into groups and answer the following question:
The aim of the Our Social Europe project is to develop a model to enable individual members of local groups to up-skill their participation competencies.
Can each group identify four important elements or modules to enable people to participate in PPNs?
Peter explained that this would be one of four seminars and it is hoped that those attending this seminar will continue the process and give input into the next three seminars. The information collected today will be brought to Iasi in Romania for the second management meeting and will form part of Europe wide methodology in increasing civic participation for people coming from an area of disadvantage.
Peter thanked all for coming and their participation.

In general, the attendees seemed satisfied with the outcome of the Our Social Europe Seminar, which was held at the Wood Quay venue in Dublin City Council, with very few participants expressing any form of disagreement in relation to the project. Over sixty percent of the participants rated the seminar as very good, but only one participant rating it as excellent. The remainder rated the seminar as good. But as one can imagine from the content of the seminar, individuals who represent groups that understandably have vested interests in favour of their communities can be difficult to satisfy. Nevertheless, as there were no poor ratings given, the event appears to have been a success for those involved.

PowerPoint Presentations:

Please see below for any PowerPoint Presentations from the event: