Clare PPN statement on the proposal to open a direct provision centre in Lisdoonvarna

March 1st 2018

Clare Public Participation Network Statement on the proposal to open a direct provision centre for asylum seekers in Lisdoonvarna 

This week Clare PPN received an informal request to provide a chairperson for a public meeting between the community in Lisdoonvarna and RIA the Reception and Integration Agency which has the responsibility for the procurement and administration of state provided services for asylum seekers and refugees. RIA were responsible for the tender process which determined that the King Thomond Hotel in Lisdoonvarna was a suitable location for a direct provision centre. Following a meeting of the secretariat of Clare PPN which took place on February 27th 2018 Clare PPN turned down the invitation to chair the meeting in Lisdoonvarna which took place last night.

At Clare Public Participation Network’s plenary meeting which took place on November 30th 2017 those attending from Clare PPN’s Social Inclusion College identified ending the system of direct provision and working to support those currently living in direct provision in Clare as one of the priority areas for Clare PPN in 2018. Clare PPN secretariat decided that chairing a meeting between the community and those who wish to open a direct provision centre would compromise the position taken by its social inclusion members which committed Clare PPN to lending its support to efforts to end the system of direct provision in Ireland.

Clare PPN’s secretariat and social inclusion representatives fully recognise and agree with Ireland’s obligations to accept and support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. They furthermore consider that diversity and inward migration are beneficial to host communities and in particular to rural Ireland where populations are declining. Clare PPN secretariat and social inclusion representatives do not however consider the system of direct provision suitable for the needs of asylum seekers. They insist that system of direct provision itself is a barrier to integration, to family life and to self- sufficiency which denies those within it the opportunity to reach their potential and to live safe dignified lives. Clare PPN has previously taken action to support the resettlement of refugees in various areas in Clare and will continue to do so when the opportunity presents itself. Clare PPN will do its best within its resources to ensure that it supports and welcomes the people who come to live in direct provision in Clare and reaches out to those already living in the direct provision centre in Knocknalisheen, whilst continuing to voice its opposition to the system of direct provision which it considers an abuse of human rights and a failure of the state.

Clare PPN would further recommend that communities should be fully informed and consulted on all plans that affect them and notes that consultations with relevant stakeholders such as schools, doctors and other service providers do not appear to have taken place in Lisdoonvarna. Representatives from Clare PPN attended the meeting which took place last night in Lisdoonvarna and noted that many people attending raised concerns that could easily have been addressed through proper planning, information sharing and consultation. Clare PPN calls on RIA and the Department of Justice to act in the interests both of asylum seekers and host communities to ensure that the necessary services, staff vetting and resource provision take place before any attempt to relocate people to any area.

About Clare PPN

Clare PPN is a network of community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups from Clare. It exists to facilitate the formal participation by the community sector in Clare County Council’s decision making structures. It is funded jointly by the Department of Housing, Planning Environment Community and Local Government and Clare County Council but is independent and its activities are directed by its members through an elected secretariat.

Clare PPN’s website is www.clareppn.ie and they are on twitter @clare_ppn and https://facebook.com/clareppn/

Congratulations to Padraic Hayes – Clare PPN Social Inclusion Secretariat Member

Clare PPN Social Inclusion Secretariat member election results

The Clare PPN is delighted to congratulate Padraic Hayes on his election to the Secretariat representing the Social Inclusion Pillar.

As a young man growing up in Shannon with a physical disability Padraic became accustomed to the words “you won’t be able to do that”. When you hear those words often enough you begin to question your own ability. However as he matured Padraic gained a resilience from that doubt and has worked over the last ten years to prove his own ability and the ability of all people with disabilities.

Padraic graduated with a Masters in Marketing from Limerick Institute of Technology and has worked since then in the area of administration and finance. His real passion however lies in advocacy and he is the current Chairperson of the Clare Leader Forum, which is an independent group of people with disabilities who work to create a voice on disability issues in Clare. Padraic has helped the Forum grow from strength to strength and with his support the Clare Leader Forum has now become one of the key cross-disability representative groups in Clare. At a national level Padraic has also continued to promote the rights of people with disabilities through his work with the Center for Independent Living and more specifically through his role on the Value for Money (Transforming Lives) committee.

In a personal capacity Padraic has been an advocate for people with disabilities for a number of years and has work one-on-one to promote self-esteem and confidence where people require assistance to use their voice.  As a Personal Assistance Service (PAS) user he is a Leader and strong believer in the Independent Living philosophy.  Padraic is currently working to further his independence through direct payments and believes that the appropriate supports are the lifeblood of independent living and vital to any progression for people with disabilities.

Padraic is delighted to be nominated onto the Clare PPN Secretariat as he believes he has the skills and experience necessary to fulfil the role. He is passionate about ensuring the voices of all people who need support to participate fully in society are heard and looks forward to the continuing growth of the Clare Public Participation Network.

 

WELL DONE TO ALL CANDIDATES.

Social Inclusion Secretariat Member Candidates

Here are the candidates for the Social Inclusion Secretariat member election (listed in alphabetical order).  Well done to all candidates for putting themselves forward.  There is a wealth of experience and expertise here.

How to vote:

  • Send an email with the subject line Social Inclusion Election to admin@clareppn.ie stating the name of your chosen candidate
  • Voting is only open to Social Inclusion groups.
  • Only one vote for one candidate is allowed for each Social Inclusion member group.
  • You must vote even if you nominated a candidate.
  • Cut-off for voting is Monday, 19th February at  5pm
  • The winning candidate will announced on Monday, 19th February

 

THE CANDIDATES

Nike Adesiyan

Nike is a teacher by profession.  She has taught at Ennis Community College since 2001.  She is also a sign language interpreter and works with deaf students through the medium of sign language.

Nike also founded the Gathering of Godly Worshipers in 2011 where all people irrespective of their status, gather together once in a year to refresh, renew, reorient, refill their mind, rejoice together in full spirit  She is looking forward to this challenge.

Nominated by: The Gathering of Godly Worshippers

Padraic Hayes

Padraic graduated with a Masters in Marketing from Limerick Institute of Technology and has worked since then in the area of administration and finance. His real passion however lies in advocacy and he is the current Chairperson of the Clare Leader Forum, which is an independent group of people with disabilities who work to create a voice on disability issues in Clare.

Padraic would like to be nominated onto the Clare PPN Secretariat as he believes he has the skills and experience necessary to fulfil the role. He is passionate about ensuring the voices of all people who need support to participate fully in society are heard and looks forward to the continuing growth of the Clare Public Participation Network.

Nominated by: Clare Leader Forum

Emma O’Brien

Mother, feminist and former investment banker, Emma is currently on the steering group of Clare Women’s Network and is passionate about social justice issues, particularly women’s equality.  She works in Ennis and enjoys volunteering her financial and social media skills in her spare time.

Nominated by: The Clare Women’s Network

Maeve O’Sullivan

Maeve has worked tirelessly in the community and voluntary sector for many years and has campaigned for mental health, disability and gender equality.  She is interested in the Clare PPN and it’s capacity bring many different voices to the decision making table.  To date, her official roles have included:

 

  • Board member of the Clare Women’s Network
  • National Board Member of Clare Network of People with Disabilities
  • Co-ordinator of Women Together Network (for women with mental health difficulties)

Nominated by: Clare Network of People with Disabilities NCPD

Facilitation Skills Training for Community Groups

Date: Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Time: 10.30am to 4.00pm
Venue: Clare Local Development Company, Westpoint Business Park, Kilrush Road, Ennis

Cultivate of Cloughjordan will be delivering a workshop on group facilitation for members of the Clare Public Participation Network. This full-day course will provide participants with the skills and processes to better host meetings, enable dialogue, and facilitate participative events. This training is aimed both at those who have no background in facilitation and also those who are experienced seeking to enrich their skill-set.  The work shop will focus on skills for encouraging participation and managing meetings and hosting events.

‘Established in 2000, Cultivate has played a key role in furthering the profile of sustainability in Ireland over the past decade through the research, development, sourcing and publishing of both online and printed informational resources, education programmes and networking events. With offices in Dublin and Cloughjordan, offering both urban and rural reach, the organisation has built an unrivalled nationwide network of partners working in the Green Economy.’ – www.cultivate.ie

 To book your place at this event please book at this link or call Sarah on 087 -1617375
 https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/facilitation-skills-training-for-community-groups-tickets-42716053867

National Tree Week 2018 – Free trees to tidy towns, community and environmental groups

(4th – 11th March 2018)

NOTICE TO TIDY TOWNS GROUPS. COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

To celebrate National Tree Week – Clare County Council in conjunction with the Tree Council of Ireland and Coillte are making young native trees available FREE to Community Groups for planting in public open spaces.

The group must undertake to plant these native trees in a suitable location, in its own locality during National Tree Week.  If you wish, please tag us on facebook and twitter on any events, including tree planting, you may have for tree week using #PromotingAGreenerClare

To express your interest in availing of these free native trees, groups should contact staff in the Environment Section of Clare County Council 065 6846386 by 2nd March 2018.   Number of trees available to groups will be based on overall demand.

Trees will be made available on a first come first serve basis at the Gardening Section, Cois na hAbhna on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March 2018 between the hours of 9.00am to 1.00pm and 1.45pm to 4.00pm.

It will be necessary to have a trailer to transport trees

Mairead Griffin

Environmental Education & Awareness Team, Environment Section

Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 DXP2

T: 065 6846386  | E: mgriffin@clarecoco.ieW: www.clarecoco.ie