Criteria for membership of PPN
- Groups must be active in County Tipperary, and have aims and objectives which are compatible with the principles of the PPN, and be not for profit.
- Groups must be in existence at least six months prior to affiliation, and must have a minimum membership of five and be open to new membership.
- Groups must hold regular meetings, have a committee structure and an AGM as appropriate. They should also have a system for financial accountability i.e. a bank /credit union account, and an annual treasurer’s statement of accounts.
- Political parties will not be able to affiliate.
- Public representatives (Councillors, TDs, Senators, MEPS etc), those declared as seeking such office, or those who have held such office within the past 12 months may not participate in the PPN.
- Groups who have representational rights through the national pillars, local authorities, local development or other mechanisms may affiliate to and participate in the MD PPNs but should not participate in the election of representatives to Local Authority Committees.
Additional Criteria for Environmental Pillar
The primary objectives and activities of the organisation must be Environmental (i.e. ecological) protection and / or environmental sustainability.
- Permanent protection of wildlife
- Permanent protection of habitat
- Species specific care – protection/rehabilitation/reintroduction
- Organic horticulture or education
- Environmental education or protection
- Environmental sustainability
- Resource efficiency and recycling
- Invasive alien species prevention/removal
- Rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife
- Environmental policy
Additional Criteria for Social Inclusion Pillar
The primary objectives and actions of the organisation must be Social Inclusion, ie supporting the full participation in society of people from an economic, social and cultural perspective. It works specifically with people who, as a result of inadequate income and resources … may be excluded and marginalised from participating in activities which are considered the norm for other people in society. (National Action Plan for Social Inclusion).
Such organisations include those who focus their work on vulnerable groups in society who experience social exclusion such as
- Older people
- Youth/People who are unemployed or experiencing poverty
- People with disabilities and their carers
- People living in isolation
In addition, organisations who work to influence policy with regard to social inclusion are also eligible.