GCCN Network News # 33



GCCN Network News # 33
November 5th 2018

Dear GCCN Member,

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:

  • The Department of Rural and Community Development review of the Community Services Programme;
  • The next meeting of the Galway Environmental Network;
  • A public talk on Palestine with Senator Frances Black;
  • GCCN Induction Meetings 2018 – Diary Dates
  • Launch of the Galway City Equality & Human Rights Statement;
  • Free digital skills classes available
Re-registration of GCCN Members

Galway City Community Network is subject to the the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).

To ensure that the GCCN Membership Database is up-to-date and compliant with GDPR, we are required by the Department of Rural and Community Development to re-register all members – even those of you that have recently registered.

If you have re-registered since October 5th there is no need to register again.

If you are unsure or if you have any questions or queries or you require any support please do not hesitate to get in touch with fionablaney@galwaycitycommunitynetwork.ie

Don’t delay – please re-register today

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DRCD Review of the Community Services Programme

The Department of Rural and Community Development assumed responsibility for the Community Services Programme earlier this year. The Department have announced a review of the CSP and have committed to comprehensive consultation at all stages of the review with CSP supported organisations and national representative organisations in the community development, local development, social enterprise and community and voluntary sectors.The review will be carried out by an independent body on behalf of the Department over a six month period from February 2019 and a steering group will be established to oversee the review and to provide strategic oversight and direction.

The first stage of the review involves a consultation process on the Terms of Reference for the Review. The purpose is to receive input on the draft scope of the review and ensure that as broad a range of issues are considered and to allow an opportunity for interested stakeholders to provide early feedback, while all options are still open for consideration. All submissions will be considered and if deemed appropriate the scope will be amended to reflect any relevant feedback.

Submissions (max 1,000 words) are now invited and should be sent by email to csp@drcd.gov.ie by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 14 November 2018.

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The next meeting of the Galway Environmental Network will take place on Tuesday 6th November at 6pm, in the NCBEF Seminar Room upstairs in the Orbsen Building, NUI Galway. We are excited to announce that this meeting will facilitate a live streaming of Professor Hugh Montgomery’s lecture A Febrile Planet? The lecture is running as part of the EPA Climate Lecture Series which contributes to the National Dialogue on Climate Change by the Government of Ireland Initiative.This promises to be an engaging and insightful talk. Hugh Montgomery is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine and Director of the Centre for Human Health & Performance at University College London. Profoundly interested in climate change and environmental impacts on health, Hugh has been awarded the title of London Leader by the London Sustainable Development Commission and was a co-founder of the UK’s Climate Change & Health Council. Among his publications are over 450 scientific articles and a children’s novel. Oh yes, and in his spare time he runs 100km Ultra marathons. His talk ‘A Febrile Planet?’ addresses climate change and other planetary challenges to sustainable human existence.

Please take note that this meeting will take place instead of the previously scheduled meeting for the 12th November.

GEN looks forward to seeing you all there.


Project Ceannt – A New Heart for an Old City
In what will be the one of the largest schemes of urban regeneration in the history of the state, Project Ceannt, will see the creation of a new urban quarter on a major 8.2 acre site in the City Centre.

The site adjacent to Eyre Square, could see construction begin in 3 years, and be completed by 2025. The project will have an enormous positive impact on Galway, creating thousands of jobs, and make a place where people can live, work, and play. This is the first phase of the public consultation relating to the preparation of the Masterplan/Framework Plan for these lands, which will ultimately lead to a planning application being lodged with Galway City Council for this major regeneration project.

The project developers want and need your input so that together we can build a better Galway. They invite you to give your ideas and aspirations for the kind of Galway you want, and to help shape the future of the city centre. They state that they are here to listen, engage, and respond so we can build a better city.

Submissions are welcome with another Public Consultation in December.


Submissions Here
Public talk on Palestine with Independent Senator Frances Black & the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Tuesday, 6th November 2018, Independent Senator Frances Black is coming to the Harbour Hotel in Galway to speak about Palestine and her Occupied Territories Bill 2018. The bill seeks to ban trade in goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. It passed an historic first vote in July, with support of every opposition party in the Oireachtas, and will return to Seanad Eireann for the next stage of voting in November.

Event: Tuesday 6th November 2018, 7.30pm in The Harbour Hotel, Galway
CONTACT: Office of Senator Frances Black (0879703931)

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Diary Dates – GCCN Induction Meetings
Galway City Community Network will hold two Induction Sessions in November. You are welcome to attend on Wednesday November 28th at 7pm or Thursday November 29th at 11am in the Westside Community Resource Centre, Seamus Quirke Road
These sessions will go back to basics and cover:
•             What is a Public Participatory Network?
•             What does a Galway City Community Network do?
•             What are the GCCN structures?
•             How do you become a GCCN representative?The sessions are for GCCN members that want to find out a bit more and for non-members that would like to find out about GCCN

Please register below so we can ensure to have enough biscuits!!
Register Here
Galway City LCDC Equality and Human Rights Statement
On Wednesday October 17th, the Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Niall McNelis, launched the Galway City LCDC Equality and Human Rights Statement, written as a tool to support the implementation of the Public Sector Duty to have regard to the need to Eliminate Discrimination, Promote Equality and Protect Human Rights.
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Digital Skills for Citizens – Free classes
Digital Skills for Citizens offers FREE Basic Internet Training. It is a scheme funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, and is accredited by the Irish Computer Society Ireland. Hibernia Management Training Services Ltd., are now delighted to say we have partnered with the Irish Computer Society to deliver this FREE training in the West, Mid-West and Midlands to “non-liners” on-site at our accredited training centre at Terryland Retail Park, Headford Road, Galway or we can deliver off-site at a venue suitable to clients.

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