The role of a GCCN representative is to:

  • Represent the agreed policy positions, values and interests of GCCN on the structure to which they are elected,
    including relevant sub groups;
  • Actively promote the policies, positions and values of the PPN, including by seeking the inclusion of items on the
    agenda and proposing motions at the meetings;
  • Regularly attend meetings of the structure to which they are elected and actively participate in discussions;
  • Participate actively as a member of the relevant Linkage Group, supporting engagement of GCCN members in the
    development of policies and positions to inform GCCN representatives.

Representing GCCN on policy and decision making structures is an important task. In order to ensure that representation
is informed and based on knowledge of the policy area and on commitment to the values of the PPN, the following
criteria for GCCN representatives are required to have:

  • An awareness of general policy in the area you are seeking to represent on;
  • A knowledge of the GCCN policies in the area and a commitment to promoting these polices and to policy development where necessary;
  • A proven track record in the ability to represent.

For more information about the role of GCCN representatives, see our Representatives Charter.

Local Community Development Committee (LCDC)

About the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC)

The role of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is to develop, co-ordinate and implement a coherent and integrated approach to local and community development. LCDCs were established in each local authority area by the Local Government Reform Act, 2014, when they replaced the City & County Development Boards.

The LCDC is a as public-private partnerships of socio-economic interests and comprise representatives of local authorities and other State agencies, local and community interests, civil society and economic and social partners.  Its function are:

  • To prepare, ensure the implementation of, monitor and review the community element of a 6-year Local Economic and Community Plan;
  • To co-ordinate, manage and oversee the implementation of local and community development programmes that have been approved either by the relevant local authority or by agreement between the LCDC and a relevant public authority, including Government Departments, State agencies, etc.

To download the final version of the Local Economic and Community Plan please click here

The GCCN representatives on the Local Community Development Committee are:

Terry McDonough

Terry McDonough

(Environment)

Environmental Pillar; An Taisce

Margaret Ó Riada

Margaret Ó Riada

(Social Inclusion)

Galway Traveller Movement

Marian Maloney

Marian Maloney

(Social Inclusion)

Galway Leader Forum; Galway Centre for Independent Living; Access For All

Irene Murphy

Irene Murphy

(Voluntary)

Youth Work Ireland Galway

Tommy Flaherty

Tommy Flaherty

(Voluntary)

Ballybane Community Resource Centre

Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs)

About Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs)

Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) play a key role in the development of policy for Galway City Council and facilitate the participation of elected representatives and local sectoral interests, including community representatives, in this process. The aim of the SPCs is to allow people with relevant expertise to work alongside elected representatives, and to contribute to and develop Council policy in a spirit of partnership.

Elected councillors make-up two thirds of SPC membership and the remaining one-third is filled with representatives from local sectoral interests, including the community and voluntary sector. In Galway, SPCs play a key role in the development of policies for Galway City Council. There are five Strategic Policy Committees in Galway City:

  • Housing & Accommodation
  • Planning
  • Economic Development, Enterprise Support and Culture
  • Transportation
  • Environment, Recreation & Amenity

SPCs were established in all local authorities in 1999, as part of reform of Local Government set out in Better Local Government: A Programme for Change (1990).

The Galway City Community Network representatives on each of the five SPCs are:

Diarmaid O’Sullivan

Diarmaid O’Sullivan

Housing SPC

Threshold

Paul Hargaden

Paul Hargaden

Housing SPC

Respond! Housing Association

Derrick Hambleton

Derrick Hambleton

Planning SPC

An Taisce

Shane Foran

Shane Foran

Planning SPC

Galway Cycling Campaign

Garry Lohan

Garry Lohan

Economic Development, Enterprise Support and Culture SPC

Galway Junior Chamber

James Coyne

James Coyne

Economic Development, Enterprise Support and Culture SPC

Westside Resource Centre

Derrick Hambleton

Derrick Hambleton

Transportation SPC

An Taisce

Niall Ó Brolcháin

Niall Ó Brolcháin

Transportation SPC

Post Carbon Galway

Brendan Smith

Brendan Smith

Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC

Ballinfoile Mór Community Organic Garden

Caroline Stanley

Caroline Stanley

Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC

Friends of Merlin Woods

Eleanor Hough

Eleanor Hough

Grattan Court Residents Association

Friends of Merlin Woods

Galway City Partnership (GCP)

About Galway City Partnership (GCP)

Galway City Partnership (GCP) is a local and community development company working in Galway City. Founded in 1996, its mission is to tackle disadvantage and social exclusion, with particular emphasis on those currently, or in danger of becoming long term unemployed, to enhance their capacity to contribute fully to social and economic development.

GCP works strategically with local agencies and groups to ensure the mainstreaming of successful projects while enabling the lessons learned to positively influence policy at all levels.

GCP Target Groups

GCP Target Groups include:

  • Long Term Unemployed
  • Young people back to Education/Training
  • People with Disabilities
  • Lone Parents
  • Ex Offenders
  • Substance Misusers
  • The Homeless
  • Youth at Risk
  • Disadvantaged Women
  • Travellers
  • Older People
  • Underemployed
  • Ethnic minorites including Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The Partnership has a board of directors made up of people from the community and statutory sectors, social partners and elected representatives. Community and Voluntary representatives to the GCP Board are nominated by GCCN.

GCCN nominates four representatives to the GCP Board of Directors:

Tommy Flaherty

Tommy Flaherty

Ballybane Community Resource Centre

Martin O’Connor

Martin O’Connor

COPE

Joint Policing Committee (JPC)

About Joint Policing Committee (JPC)

The purpose of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) is to provide a forum where Senior Garda officers, Oireachtas members, representatives of Galway City Council and the community and voluntary sector can consult, discuss and make recommendations on matters affecting the policing of Galway. Galway City Community Network elects five representatives to the JPC.

What are the revised Guidelines for the operation of Joint Policing Committees?

Arising from the review process and taking into account the establishment of new local government arrangements, revised guidelines for the operation of JPCs were approved by the Minister in August 2014.

The guidelines are presented in three formats – a summary of the revision made to the previous (2008) guidelines, a consolidated version showing changes from the previous guidelines and a complete version of the revised text. To download a copy of the guidelines please click here

The Galway City Community Network representatives are:

John Rabbitte

John Rabbitte

(Voluntary)

Woodhaven Residents Association

Tommy Flaherty

Tommy Flaherty

(Voluntary)

Ballybane Community Resource Centre

Nichola Tierney

Nichola Tierney

(Social Inclusion)

Westside Age Action

Joe Loughnane

Joe Loughnane

(Social Inclusion)

Galway Anti-Racism Network

Western Regional Drugs Task Force (WDTF)

About Western Regional Drugs Task Force (WDTF)

The Western Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force is a co-ordinating body established to research, develop and implement, using a partnership approach, a coordinated, regionally appropriate response to substance misuse. It was established in May 2003 as one of the key recommendations of the National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008.

The aim for the Task Force is to significantly reduce the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on Supply Reduction, Prevention, Treatment, Rehabilitation and Research.

The objectives of the WDTF are to develop an integrated and well managed response to drug and alcohol problems, propose a range of solutions and service interventions based on the five pillars of the National Drugs Strategy and ensure that all responses are monitored and evaluated according to best practice and value for money principles.

The Galway City Community Network representative on the Western Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force is Imelda Gormally.

WRTDF Reports

http://galwaycitycommunitynetwork.ie/category/wrtdf-reports/

Galway Sports Partnership

About Galway Sports Partnership

The role of the Galway Sports Partnership is the promotion of participation for all Irish people in sport at a level of their choosing, regardless of their ability, gender or background. Established in 2006, the current Galway Sports Partnership strategic plan has four goals:

  1. Awareness & Participation – To increase access and participation opportunities in physical activity and sport
  2. Education & Training – Goal: Support Sports clubs and Recreational groups through locally based training and education
  3. Facilities & Amenities – To promote a sustainable strategic approach to the development, access and usage of amenity infrastructure in Galway City.
  4. Effective Partnership – To sustain an effective Galway City Sports Partnership

The Galway City Community Network representative on the Galway Sports Partnership are:

Aidan Reade

Aidan Reade

Black Rose Racing

Chris Hickey

Chris Hickey

Renmore Judo Club

Kerrieann Flaherty

Kerrieann Flaherty

Galway Hibernians AFC

European Region of Gastronomy

About European Region of Gastronomy

In 2018, Galway is the European Region of Gastronomy. This designation will focus attention on the vital role of the food industry in the West of Ireland and how central it is to our present and future. Tthe programmes of events during the year will focus on five themes:

  • Education and Health,
  • Linking Urban with Rural,
  • Cultural Diversity,
  • Sustainability and Feeding the Planet
  • Supporting SMEs and Innovation.

Under each of these themes, a wide range of events, festivals, projects and initiatives will be taking place throughout the year.

Martina Finn is the GCCN representative on the European Region of Gastronomy Stakeholders Group.

Martina Finn

Martina Finn