Who can join DLR PPN?

All volunteer led, not-for-profit community groups active within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are encouraged to become members of the PPN.

The national guidelines define the types of groups that can register for the PPN structure as follows:

  • Environmental Organisations whose primary activities are environmental protection and/or environmental sustainability.
  • Social Inclusion Organisations whose activities focus on social inclusion, social justice and/or equality. Examples include organisations which aim to support people with a disability, refugees and asylum seekers, older people, women, young people and those living in poverty.
  • Community & Voluntary Any organisation whose primary activities are other than those listed above belong in this category.

Membership is open to groups and organisations who:

  • Operate on a not-for-profit basis.
  • Are volunteer led. Organisations may have paid staff, but must be under voluntary control.
  • Have at least 6 members and are open to new members.
  • Are in existence for at least six months.
  • Have a members meeting at least once a year.
  • Have a postal address or a local branch network in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
  • Are actively providing a service to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown citizens or are advocating on behalf of DLR citizens.
  • Are independently run, having their own constitution/ governing document/ set of rules for operation.
  • Do not already have representational rights through other pillars of social partnership e.g. trade unions, business organisations.
  • Are non party-political.

Groups or organisations who do not meet these criteria at the time of application can apply for associate membership. Associate members cannot nominate PPN representatives to sit on boards or committees or vote in PPN elections.

All groups registering with the PPN are asked to choose which sector or ‘Pillar group’ their group sits within, Community and Voluntary, Environmental or Social Inclusion. 

Criteria for Membership

  • Groups joining Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Public Participation agree to uphold and abide by its Constitution.
  • Member Organisations should be in existence for at least six months, should have at least six registered members, should have a committee and should have held
    an AGM;
  • Member Organisations must abide with the aims, objectives and principles set out in Sections 3 and 4 of the DLR PPN Constitution;
  • Member Organisations must carry out their activities in an open and transparent manner;
  • Member Organisations must have a base in and/or be active in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and
  • Member Organisations must complete and return a membership application form, together with their constitution and minutes of their most recent AGM
    and/or most recent committee meeting;
  • Because of the separation of the functions of public representatives and the PPN, councillors, TDs, Senators, and MEPs should not be the PPN contact point for
    member organisations (Ref: Section 6 of the PPN Handbook)
  • Organisations, which at the time of application, meet all other criteria except some element(s) of sections 5.1 and/or 5.4 may apply for Associate Membership;
  • Associate Member Organisations do not have the power to make nominations, or have voting rights, but can put forward motions;
  • An organisation’s membership of the PPN may be reviewed or withdrawn by the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Public Participation Network Secretariat if at any time
    the organisation fails to meet a condition for membership or acts inappropriately;
  • A member organisation shall cease to be a member of the PPN if the organisation no longer qualifies under the conditions laid down for membership.


Find out which Pillar group your group or organisation belongs to.


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