What are Linkage Groups?

Linkage Groups are sub-groups of the PPN. They connect the PPN with the Limerick City & County Council.

Role of Linkage Groups

Linkage Groups enable PPN members to participate in shaping Council decisions that affect them.

How are Linkage Groups organised?

The PPN is allocated 4-5 seats on each of the sub-committees of the Council. It is through Linkage Groups that the PPN nominates its representatives onto these sub-committees. In turn, these representatives keep Linkage Groups members up-to-date with developments on the sub-committees.

A PPN member organisation can join any (or all) Linkage Groups which it has an interest in. There is a Linkage Group in place for each of the Council sub-committees, which are:

SPCs are committees which set the policy direction of the Council. There are currently five SPCs in Limerick City and County Council, which broadly correspond with the main services offered by the Council.

Role of Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs)
SPCs give Councillors and other relevant bodies (including the PPN) an opportunity to be involved in Council policy-making from the early stages. The Council is and remains the decision-making Authority. SPCs, as committees of the Council, advise and assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of policy. SPCs do not deal with routine operational matters regarding the delivery of Council services. They are strategic in nature and, as such, only deal only with policy matters.

SPCs usually meet about 4 times a year.

Membership of SPCs
Each SPC has 24 members – 16 Elected Members and 8 “sector” members. SPC members remain in place for the lifetime of the Council (5 years). The following sectors nominate representatives on SPCs:

  • Agriculture / Farming
  • Development / Construction
  • Business / Commercial
  • Trade Union
  • Community / Voluntary (PPN)
  • Environment / Conservation (PPN)
  • Social inclusion (PPN)

Each local authority has a Joint Policing Committee. Its role is to facilitate greater consultation, cooperation and accountability on the management of policing and crime issues. Each JPC is made up of:

  1. Chairperson – Local Authority representative
  2. Garda Officers
  3. Local Authority Councillors
  4. TD and/or Senators
  5. Community/Voluntary sector representatives

Functions of JPCs

  • Serve as a forum for consultations and discussions on matters of crime and policing
  • Review levels, patterns of crime and any underlying factors
  • Establish/coordinate Local Policing Fora


Limerick City and County Council’s JPC has 31 members made up as follows:

Councillors 15
TDs/Senators 5
Council Officials 2
Gardaí 2
Community Representatives 7

Matters for Discussion by JPCs
JPCs may not discuss matters which may:

  • Endanger security of individuals
  • Relate to an individual
  • Expose information received in confidence
  • Prejudice crime prevention/detection
  • Prejudice a Garda operation

Each Local Authority has a Local Community Development Committee. Its aim is to ensure an integrated approach to local and community development in its area.

Limerick LCDC role is to:

  • Prepare a 6-year Local Economic and Community Plan.
  • Implement, review, amend and monitor this plan on an ongoing basis.
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the implementation of local and community development programmes that have been approved by it.

Membership of LCDC
There are 17 members of Limerick LCDC:

  • 8 from the statutory sector
  • 9 from the non-statutory sector
Statutory Sector
Councillors 4
Council Staff 1
Public Sector Bodies (HSE, X, X) 3
Non-Statutory Sector
Local Development Companies:
Ballyhoura Development
PAUL Partnership
West Limerick Resources
Community & Voluntary Sector
Social Inclusion Sector
Environment Sector
Agriculture 1
Total 17

Community, Leisure & Emergency Services


Economic Development, Enterprise & Planning

Home and Social Development

Joint Policing

Local Community Development Committee

Travel and Transport