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Clare PPN is determined to make sure that community groups can play an active role in the decisions made by Clare County Council for the county and all its people.

Clare PPN will do its best to help the County Council understand and respond to the diverse needs, objectives and ways of working of community groups.

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If any of your groups out there are in need of a basic computer and internet training course our colleagues in CLDC are ready willing and able to organise them for you. All details below.... See MoreSee Less

CLDC will be delivering computer courses to individuals who are involved in Local Community Groups. Courses will be delivered in Ennis and can also be set up in your local area (subject to demand) an...

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Monday 26th is the last day for Clare PPN member groups to vote for nominees to sit on the National Advisory Forum for Public Participation Networks in Ireland. Our candidates are listed below here and if you are the voter from one of our registered groups you need to get your vote into me by 5pm today.

How do you vote? Send your name, your group's name and your chosen candidate's name in an email to sarah@clareppn.ie on or before Monday 26th June 2017.

You can only vote once in one category. This means that if your group is an environmental college group you must vote in that category and so on.


And now, for the Runners and Riders...

Community and Voluntary College Nominees:

Trudy Leyden of Quin Community Text Alert Service:
Trudy is passionate about Democracy, and has a B.A and an MA in Politics and years of experience working in voluntary roles from Ennis Girl Guides, Oxfam, Clare Adult Basic Education Service, Fleadh 2017/2018. She has worked as an After School Homework Tutor for the Clare Local Development Company and is the Secretary of her local Text Alert Service as well as the Fine Gael branch.

Eugene Crimmins of Newmarket on Fergus Tidy Towns:
Eugene Crimmins is MD of a family bakery. He is a former County Arts Officer for The Arts Council of Ireland. He currently chairs the Newmarket on Fergus tidy towns association and is a director of Obair environmental services. Eugene represents the municipal district of Shannon on the Clare PPN and is Clare PPN's representative on the Community and Social Inclusion Evaluation Committee for the LEADER Programme in Clare.


Environmental College Nominees:

Theresa O'Donohoe of Clare Environmental Network:
Theresa represents Clare Environmental Network and is a founding member of Clare PPN secretariat. She represents the PPN on the Economic Development strategic policy committee and her work is reported in her blog “Building bridges between Policy and People” theresaod.com. She was a representative of the Environmental pillar at national level during the year 2014-2015 and has vast experience in local and national policy across a broad range of issues including climate change, energy, strategic planning, governance and her passion, comprehensive public participation as is the publics right under the Aarhus Convention.

Christy Sinclair of Burren Ecotourism Network:
Christy Sinclair runs Adventure Burren, an outdoor and adventure tour provider in the Burren County Clare. He is the former chairperson of Burren Ecotourism Network and is currently Secretary of the same organisation. He has experience in social inclusion projects and community work and is a qualified interpretive guide. He is on the secretariat of Clare PPN and is Clare PPN's representative on the Rural Development Forum of Clare County Council.


Social Inclusion College Nominee:
Please note that because we have only one nominee in this category, Damon will be sent forward uncontested from Clare PPN.

Damon Mathew Wise Âû of National Council for the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Writer, editor and publisher since 7, has been instrumental in establishing campaign and representative bodies in NI,ROI, Belgium and GB, specialising in development, strategising and establishing groups as Charity Incorporation Agents, event management, planning and development, human resources. Multiple third level development work in voluntary sector in autistic, Disability, Equality, Human Rights and green left in Belgium, Netherlands,England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland utilising natural problem-solving and creative abilities with limited resources to help make the planet and its people a better place. Committee/board member of 6 national bodies in The wheel and many groups in each electoral college. Damon represents Clare PPN on the Physical Development Strategic Policy Committee of Clare PPN.

Many thanks to all our candidates and please get your votes to me sarah@clareppn.ie by Monday 26th June 2017,
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