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Congress Centres Network Nationwide

Our History

The Congress Centres Network came into being during an era of mass unemployment in the 1980s. The Centres were established to provide support, resources and a range of services to the growing numbers of unemployed workers, many of whom were trade union members. Centres also served as campaigning organisations on issues around unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.

From the very start Centres have been closely associated with local Trades Councils who have been largely responsible for their establishment, management and development. Along with unions representatives and community activists, Trades Council continue to play a pivotal role in the work of Centres.

CCN Strategic Plan 2009 - 2011

A draft Network Strategic Plan for 2009-2011 was presented to Centre Coordinators in early July 2008. Coordinators were provided with a PowerPoint resource and copies of the Plan, and were encouraged to discuss the Plan with their staff and their Centre Boards of Management. The draft Plan was also circulated to ICTU senior management. Feedback from the various stakeholders was then incorporated into the draft. In November the draft Plan was revised to take account of changing economic and labour market circumstances, was finalised and circulated internally. A copy was also forwarded to DSP community services. The Plan will underpin the work and direction of the Network over the next three years. Individual Centres will be encouraged and supported in the development of their own plans which will complement the Network Plan and facilitate planning and delivery at local level. The first meeting to facilitate this process took place in early March. A number of working groups involving key stakeholders were set up in early 2009 to work in more detail on various aspects and themes within the Network Plan as follows:

- development of information and advocacy services and other supports;
- development of education, training and lifelong learning services, including  staff development;
- funding and resources;
- governance;

- policy development and external relations

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Our Network

The Congress Centres Network comprises of twenty Centres around Ireland. 

Each Centre is a company limited by guarantee which is managed by a fulltime Co-ordinator and a voluntary Board of Management made up mainly of local Trades council and other trade union and community representatives.

The Network is co-ordinated, supported and developed by a team of dedicated staff based at Congress, Programme Manager, Training & Development Co-ordinator and Administrator. We draw our funding from a variety of sources including DSP Community Services and DSP Services to Business. 

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All the centres provide advocacy & information on a wide range of topics including, Social Welfare, Redundancy, Job Seekers/ Benefit Allowance, Back to Education Allowance; 

Other services include:

Low cost secretarial services; C.V. Preparation /Guidance; C.V. Typing;
Training Courses for the unemployed; Training for those in employment but wishing to up-skill for promotion prospects;
Courses with ECDL & QQI;
Social Courses with our 'Widen Your Horizons Programme'
Photocopying,emailing & Faxing;
Laminating & Printing;
Training rooms for hire for training or conferences




The Mullingar Congress Centre needs to collect and use personal data (information) about its staff, students and other individuals who come into contact with the Centre. The purposes of processing data include the organisation and administration of courses, examinations, research activities, the recruitment and payment of staff, compliance with statutory obligations, etc.

Data Protection Policy

The Mullingar Congress Centre fully respects your right to privacy, and will not collect any personal information about you without your express permission.

Any personal information which you communicate to the The Mullingar Congress Centre will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with  the EU General Data Protection Regulations, as enacted in the Data Protection Bill 2018.

Collection and use of personal information

The Mullingar Congress  Centre does not collect any personal data about you, apart from information which you communicate to us (for example by enrolling for a course or submitting information QQI examinations).

MCC does not make any personal information available to any third parties.

Your information is used by the Centre only for the purpose for which you provided it

Your information is retained only for as long as it is necessary for that purpose.

Our processes may include appropriate anonymisation of personal data after a defined period if there is a need to retain non-personal data, e.g. for statistical purposes.

Your rights regarding data supplied

You have a right under Freedom of Information legislation to be given a copy of your personal data which you may have supplied to the Centre.
If you discover that this office holds inaccurate information about you, you have a right to instruct The Mullingar Congress Centre to correct that information.

In certain circumstances you may also request that data which you have supplied be deleted, e.g. if the purpose for which you provided it has ceased.

Records held include:

  • Evaluation of all courses.
  • Financial records of all Education Centre activities.
  • Record of all financial activities in The Mullingar Congress Centre.
  • Audited annual accounts.
  • Names, Addresses, PPS numbers for purposes of processing QQI certification
  • Names and Numbers for purpose of contacting customers regarding course details.

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