Extraordinary meeting of Limerick PPN called after funding stalls

Jess Casey

Reporter:

Jess Casey

Urgent meeting: The Limerick Public Participation Network

Urgent meeting: The Limerick Public Participation Network

AN EXTRAORDINARY Plenary meeting of the Limerick Public Participation Network has been called by some of its members following the news that funding for the group has been stalled while an internal audit is being carried out.

The Limerick Public Participation Network (PPN) is made up of organisations from the community, voluntary, social inclusion and environment sectors, with up to 400 members.

Limerick City and County Council has confirmed that a number of issues have been raised in relation to the processes and governance of the network and an internal audit is currently being carried out

Meanwhile, funding worth €30,000 from the local authority has been stalled while this audit is ongoing.

As a result, the PPN has had to temporarily terminate its coordinator’s contract. 

Ten members of the PPN, including An Taisce, Rape Crisis Centre, LCCR, Feale Biodiversity and Employability Limerick have now called an extraordinary plenary meeting for March 1 to work on resolving current issues. 

At the meeting, a proposal for a vote of no confidence in the current secretariat members will be sought by the members.  

A nomination for an interim secretariat is also expected to be sought at the meeting. 

A motion is also expected to be put to the floor to seek the reinstatment of the coordinator and that an investigation is launched into the handling of the contract.

The group will also propose that the coordinator should have access to all systems as access has been removed and is needed to fufil requirements of the audit. 

A draft work plan will also be discussed at the meeting, to ensure that day to day operations of the PPN continues. 

In a statement, a spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council said the Council is fully supportive of the aims of the PPN.

“A number of issues have been raised in relation to the processes and governance of the Limerick PPN, which Limerick City and County Council is obliged to examine.

“Under the regulations, Limerick City and County Council is accountable to the Council and the government for the manner in which the funding budgeted for the Limerick PPN is allocated.” 

Limerick City and County Council advised it would not be making a further comment as the audit is still ongoing.