Kilkenny Public Participation Network (KK PPN) is an independent umbrella network of community & voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups active within the county. Public Participation Networks (PPNs) were established by the Irish government under the Local Government (Reform) Act 2014 to be the main link through which the Local Authority connects with these groups.

Kilkenny PPN is governed by the Secretariat, a voluntary board elected from the Kilkenny PPN membership whose responsibility is to oversee the development of the network and ensure that the objectives of the PPN are carried out. The Secretariat are supported by one full time manager and a full-time support worker who manage the day-to-day running of the PPN.

Funding for Kilkenny PPN is provided by both the Department of Rural and Community Development and by Kilkenny County Council through an annual allocation. The PPN in Kilkenny is hosted by Kilkenny County Council.

Government guidelines outline 3 main objectives for PPNs:

  • Facilitate the participation and representation of communities in a fair, equitable and transparent manner through the environmental, social inclusion, community and voluntary sectors on decision making bodies.
  • Strengthen the capacity of communities and of the environmental, social inclusion, community and voluntary groups to contribute positively to the community in which they reside/participate.
  • Provide information relevant to the environmental, social inclusion, community and voluntary sector and act as a hub around which information is distributed and received.

These Government guidelines also specify a number of principles and values that PPNs are expected to operate by; they should be inclusive, participatory, independent, valuing diversity, transparent and accountable.

Kilkenny PPN’s 2023 Workplan incorporates the 3 main objectives of PPNs listed above as well as actions assigned to Kilkenny PPN in the Local Economic & Community Plan 2022-2028 relating to building the capacity of community groups to create positive change in their communities and having a voice in local authority decision-making.

To access the 2023 Kilkenny PPN Workplan, please click on the link below.

If you require any further information or wish to query any aspect, please feel free to contact Kilkenny PPN on 087 1731634 or email 

Please take a look at the Kilkenny PPN Workplan 2023 here-

Kilkenny PPN Workplan 2023