Birr Municipal District: Seamus Rourke
From the Ferbane/Belmont area. Representing Birr Municipal District on Offaly Public Participation Network since 2015. Seamus has a Diploma in Community Development and Chair of the Ferbane Parish Community Alert. His interests include Offaly Heritage, History and the Environment. If successful, He is will continue his commitment to Offaly PPN.
Edenderry Municipal District: Eileen McArdle
Eileen has been involved with the community & Voluntary sector since she was a Youth Club Junior Committee member at the age of 16. Following on from that, after completing her studies she is currently working for Youth Work Ireland Midlands as the rural youth clubs & volunteer support coordinator. Eileen current role involves working with over 200 volunteers and over 2000 across three counties Offaly, Westmeath and Roscommon. Eileen also has huge experience engaging with statutory & voluntary organisations. Eileen has excellent organisational and administration skills. Over 20 years experience both paid & voluntary working & engaging with people gives Eileen, the necessary skills to full fill her role.
Community & Voluntary: Johnny Dunne
Johnny will commence his second term as community rep on Offaly PPN Secretariat. Johnny is committed to a number of community initiatives, Daingean Development Association, Daingean Town Hall, Killeigh Parish Finance Council and Daingean Community Childcare Centre to name but some over the last number of years.
Community & Voluntary: Maura Allen
I am living in Clonbullogue, involved in community activity for many years. I was a founder member of Clonbullogue Development Association, a member of the Parish Council and St. Broughan’s hall committee. I served as President and Secretary of Co. Offaly Federation ICA. I am presently on the board of OLDC. I represent that board on the Heritage forum. I have represented Edenderry Municipal district on the PPN secretariat. Through my membership of the organisations I have endeavoured to promote community welfare, improve facilities and recognise the work of volunteers.
Community & Voluntary: Linda Dowling
I have served as a secretariat member for the past five years and was part of the process from the onset. I am interested in remaining on the secretariat to further its role. I am the PPN representative on the Laois Offaly Local Link Committee. I also represent Offaly PPN Secretariat at National Level on the Secretariat National Network.
Social Inclusion: Amanda Nyoni
AMANDA BELIEVES HAS LIVED EXPERIENCE OF BEING PART OF A MINORITY GROUP AND HAVE ALSO HAD THE PLEASURE OF REPRESENTING MY COMMUNITY ON A RANGE OF PLATFORMS THROUGH A WIDE VARIETY OF WORKSHOPS, CAMPAIGNS AND PROJECTS THAT I HAVE RUN AND COLLABORATED ON. THIS OPPPORTUNITY WOULD MEAN THAT SHE IS ABLE TO BRING IN A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT THAT WILL BE OF HELP IN ACHIEVING GREATER EFFICIENCY AS WE AIM TO INFLUENCE SOCIAL POLICIES.
Social Inclusion: Martin Buckley
Martin has demonstrated great leadership ability since becoming involved in the opening of the volunteer run Community shop in Pullough. He is chairperson of Pullough Residents’ Association and is also on the Community Alert committee. Martin is very enthusiastic, positive and energetic and has come up with many good ideas on how to improve the community of Pullough. He has a very good rapport with people of all ages.
Community & Voluntary
Linda Kelly is currently the project manager with Kilcormac Development Association (KDA). She has over 6 years’ experience working with KDA and over 20 years working in supervisory and management roles elsewhere. Linda has a vast amount of experience working in the community and voluntary sector, liaising and networking with over 50 different voluntary groups both locally and nationally, Linda leads a multi – Disciplinary approach with a commitment to best practice, continuous improvement and good governance. Her expertise is primarily in organising, business development, targeting funding and budget management for the use of Just Transition Fund in the KDA’s 2 element project, a Tourism Working Hub and Community Working Hub
Gemma Fletcher is a former board member, current staff member of Kilcormac Childcare, Gemma prides herself on her involvement with the development of Kilcormac playground, and expansion of the childcare services in recent years.
Community childcare goes hand in hand with Social Inclusion. Gemma enjoys getting to know families from all backgrounds. Gemma enjoys working with people on schemes and take a personal interest in their achievements.
Gemma is working with garda sub project on a proposed youth initiative for teenagers.
Gemma has always enjoyed Community Volunteering including St Patricks day parade, KK GAA healthy club, school board of management etc.