PPN Reps

Influencing Policy and decision making.

The members of Galway County PPN can influence policies and decision-making processes that affect them in two main ways.

First, they elect members of the PPN onto positions on County Council Committees. (These work to implement the Galway County Council Corporate Plan (2015-2019).

This places them at the heart of decision-making structures in the council. PPN representatives at these meetings are nominated and elected by the members of the PPN. At the particular committee they must represent the interests of the whole PPN. The reps receive training on how to represent the views of the PPN and prepare reports to inform the rest of the PPN of what happens at meetings.

The second way to ensure the voice of the community heard is by participating in consultations whenever the council calls for input from the public. We will publicise those calls and invitations here.

The following is a list of the committees that Galway County PPN Members have been elected onto.

6 Strategic Committees in Galway County Council (SPC’s)

The Strategic Policy Committees provide a forum in which the experience of relevant external bodies and groups can be shared.

They also enhance the role of the elected Councillor by providing a platform for input to the policy formation process at an early stage, for effective monitoring of existing policies and policy review.

It is the task of the Strategic Policy Committee to advise and assist the council in the development of policy, while the final policy decision will rest, ultimately, with the full Council.

The Strategic Policy Committee system is intended to give Councillors and relevant sectoral interests an opportunity for full involvement in the policy shaping process from the earliest stage.

  1. Housing Strategic Policy Committee
  2. Economic Development and Enterprise
  3. Planning, Environment, Agriculture & Emergency Services
  4. Transport & Infrastructure Strategic Policy Committee
  5. Community and Cultural Development Strategic Policy Committee
  6. Climate Change & Biodiversity Strategic Policy Committee



Please read the Strategic Policy Committee Scheme for information on how the SPC’s work: Adopted Strategic Policy Committee Scheme 2019-2024



Here is a full list of the SPC membership for the current term: Full SPC Membership 2019 – 2024

Planning, Environment, Agriculture & Emergency Services Strategic Policy Committee

Policy Issues:

Development Plans; Local Area Plans; Development Control; Waste Management; Litter Management Plan; Burial Grounds; Fire and Emergency Planning

PPN Reps:

Mark Green (An Taisce); Aodán MacDonnacha (Comhlacht Forbartha An Spidéil Teoranta)

Relevant Docs:

Agenda of PEAES SPC May 2020

Rep Report Planning SPC 19 May 2020

Transport & Infrastructure Strategic Policy Committee

Policy Issues:

Transportation Policy; Marine Policy; Road Safety; Traffic Management; Public Lighting Policy; Local Improvement Schemes; Water Quality Management Plan; Rural Water Services

PPN Reps:

Tom Madden (Ballinasloe Training for Employment); Diamiad Kelly (Cuan Beo)

Relevant Docs:

Roads SPC Agenda 21 May 2020

Rep Report Roads SPC 21 May 2020

Community and Cultural Development Strategic Policy Committee

Policy Issues:

 Library Development Policies; Cultural Policy; European Capital of Culture Legacy; Arts Plan; An Scéim Teanga; Community elements of LECP; Community Grants Schemes

PPN Reps:

 Megan Flynn (Oranmore Arts Festival); Máirtín Davy (Pastime Connemara)

Relevant Docs:

Community & Culture SPC Agenda 28 May 2020

Rep Report Community & Culture SPC 28 May 2020

Community & Culture SPC Agenda 16 July 2020

Climate Change & Biodiversity Strategic Policy Committee

Policy Issues:

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy; Energy & Buildings; Flood Resilience; Nature Based Solutions; Public Awareness and Education; Coastal Erosion

PPN Reps:

Mairsíl Claffey (Plastic Free Kinvara); Pat O’Hora (Tuam Men’s Shed)

Relevant Docs: Rep Report Climate Change and Biodiveristy

Economic Development and Enterprise

Policy Issues:

Enterprise support, Economic elements of the LECP (Local Economic and Community Plan), Tourism Strategy, Revitalization of Towns

PPN Reps:

Dan Dowling (Ballinasloe Training for Employment)

Relevant Docs:Rep Report Economic Dev SPC 19 May 2020

Economic SPC Rep Report 19 May

Economic SPC 19 May Minutes Adopted

Housing Strategic Policy Committee

Policy Issues:

Traveller Accommodation Programme; Scheme of Letting Priorities /Allocations / Accessibility; Housing Construction Programme; Homeless Strategy;Housing Strategy


PPN Reps:

Marcella Conneely (Clúd Housing Association); Cathy McGrath (Disability Federation of Ireland)

Relevant Docs:

Joint Policing Committee

Policy Issues:

The purpose of the Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where matters that affect policing in Galway can be discussed. Meetings usually take place four times each year.

Members of your Joint Policing Sub-Committee include:

  • Galway County Council
  • Senior members of An Garda Síochána
  • Councillors
  • Your elected members of Oireachtas na hÉireann (TDs and Senators)
  • Local community representatives

PPN Reps:

Tom Madden Ballinasloe Training for Employment
Aodán MacDonnacha Comhlacht Forbartha An Spidéil Teoranta
Gerard Larkin Abbey Community Development Assoc
Gerard Costello Monivea Community Alert
Pat Flanagan Loughrea Activity Association
Aileen Heverin Galway Age Friendly
Martin Ward Western Traveller &Intercultural Development

Relevant Docs: Agenda 15.06.2020     Protocol for JPC meeting   Minutes of JPC Meeting 3rd February 2020

Upcoming SPC Meetings
SPC   Date Time Meeting Administrator
Housing Wednesday 20th 10:00 Eithne McKiernan emckiernan@galwaycoco.ie
Economic Development & Enterprise Tuesday 19th May 14:30 Diane Gallagher dgallagher@galwaycoco.ie
Planning, Environment, Agriculture & Emergency services Tuesday 7th July 2020 TBD Eileen Keaveney ekeavene@GalwayCoCo.ie
Transport & Infrastructure Friday 18th September 2020 Eibhlin Curran


Community & Cultural Development Tuesday 7th July 2020 TBD Bernadette O’Connor beoconnor@GalwayCoCo.ie
Climate Change & Biodiversity Monday 20th July 2020 TBD Angela Quinn aquinn@galwaycoco.ie

Other Committees: