Local Election Hustings – meet the candidate and voter registration events

Meet the Candidate and Voter Registration Events

Clare Public Participation Network Press Release

Clare PPN ‘Hustings’: Meet the Candidates & Voter Registration Events

Clare PPN is delighted to be hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates & Voter Registration’ event in each Electoral Area in Clare County Clare in the run up to the 2019 Local Elections. Candidates are invited to address their voters and those attending will be given the opportunity to have their questions answered by the candidates.

At each of these five events Clare PPN in collaboration with An Garda Siochana, will also be hosting a one-stop shop for voter registration where people will be assisted to register for the supplementary register of electors if they are not already registered to vote. This is important for young people, in particular those who have turned 18 or will turn 18 on or before 24th May 2019. All of those who will be 18 or over at the time of the election are eligible to vote so long as they get on the register in time.

Clare PPN would also like to make sure that those who have migrated to Ireland from other countries are aware that they can vote in local government elections regardless of their citizenship so long as they are on the register or the supplementary register and we would like to extend a particular welcome to people from all backgrounds, countries and ethnicities to attend these events and take the opportunity to get even more involved in how the communities they live in are governed.

Anyone concerned should check the register at www.checktheregister.ie to see if they are registered and if not they need to fill in form RFA2 (https://www.checktheregister.ie/PublicPages/AppForms.aspx ) and bring it and photo ID and proof of address to their local Garda Station and have it stamped and return it to Clare County Council before the cut-off point of May 7th 2019.

 

Or else they can just attend one of the five events listed below and bring their ID and proof of address  with them and we’ll get their registration in order for them with the help of our community Guards.

So come along, inform and be informed!!!

The dates are as follows:

• Killaloe Municipal District: 23rd April @ 7pm, Kilkishen Cultural Centre

• Kilrush Electoral Area: 24th April @ 7pm, An Teach Cheoil, Kilrush

• Shannon Municipal District: 25th April @ 7pm, Shannon Oakwood Hotel

• Ennis Municipal District: 26th April @ 8pm, Cloughleigh Community Centre

• Ennistymon Electoral Area: 30th April @ 7pm, The Falls Hotel

If you have any questions/comments please do not hesitate to email: admin@clareppn.ie

 

 

 

 

Want to help run Clare PPN? 4 Vacancies on our Secretariat

March 27th 2019 Notice of elections for four roles on Clare PPN Secretariat

Nominations are open for four positions on the Secretariat. The secretariat is a group of people elected from community and voluntary groups in Clare who manage the Public Participation Network between plenary meetings of its members. Four of our current secretariat members are due to step down and so we are opening nominations for their replacements. They have been brilliant and have brought Clare PPN from an idea to a network with 280 member groups, 2 staff and its own premises.  We are looking for nominees to carry on their work of building Clare PPN into a thriving network which is inclusive and has the capacity to engage with all local government and national decision making bodies that affect the wellbeing of people’s lives in County Clare.

Only groups who were members of Clare PPN on March 27th 2019 are eligible to vote in these elections.

The secretariat must keep to the following composition:

One representative for each municipal district in the County – there are currently four municipal districts in the County – West Clare, Ennis, Killaloe & Shannon.  2 X representatives from each ‘college’ of the Clare PPN – there are three colleges in the PPN – Environmental, Social Inclusion and Community & Voluntary. Each of are member groups is a member of one of these colleges.

What are the vacancies we have at present: 

Election 1:
2 Community and Voluntary Secretariat seats are open for the Community and Voluntary College member groups from every area of Clare to nominate and elect-. If your group is a member of the Community and Voluntary College you can nominate and vote for both of these positions.  Nominees must be members of a community and voluntary group that is a member of Clare PPN and must be nominated by a Community and Voluntary group that is a member of Clare PPN.  People can nominate themselves so long as that decision is agreed by their group.  Every C&V member of Clare PPN can nominate one candidate for each of these two positions which means that this time C&V groups can make two nominations.

Election 2:
1 Environmental Secretariat seat is open only for member groups of the Environmental College to nominate and elect. Nominees for this position must be members of an Environmental member group of Clare PPN and must be nominated by an Environmental member group of Clare PPN. Each environmental member group of Clare PPN can nominate one person for this role.

Election 3:
1 Municipal District Seat is open to all member groups from the Shannon Municipal District to elect whatever college they are in.  Nominees for this position must be a member of a Clare PPN member group from any college that has an address in the Shannon Municipal District. They must be nominated by a member group of Clare PPN with an address in the Shannon MD. Every member group of Clare PPN with an address in the Shannon MD can nominate and vote in this election.

Nominations will open March 27th and close on April 8th

How to nominate a candidate:

Groups wishing to nominate a candidate must seek their consent first and then must send us an email to admin@clareppn.ie with the following information on or before Monday April 8th at 5.00 pm:

-Name of Community Group.
-Position number for which they are nominating a candidate.
-Name of proposed nominee(s).
-Contact details of proposed nominee- phone and email.
-A short paragraph (up to 200 words) detailing the nominees’ suitability and experience for the role- this will be shared on social media and on our website in advance of voting.
-A photo of your nominee which we may share with our members and social media followers.
-Clare PPN will confirm receipt of nominations by email.

Elections will then be held by survey with voting open until April 17th. These surveys will be circulated to all eligible groups via our mailing list. 

*Please note that irrespective of how many groups a person is a member of, no individual may vote more than once for any single position. No individual can hold more than one secretariat position.

What is involved?
A minimum of six meetings per year held usually in Ennis
Email or phone contact for decisions in between meetings
Willingness to be a director of Clare PPN (company)
Attendance at other PPN events depending on availability and interests.
Willingness to work in a ‘flat structure’ with decisions taken by consensus or by vote
Possibility of being part of financial subgroup or staff liaison sub group

What are the benefits?
Opportunity to be a part of a growing positive movement in Clare.
Opportunity to help grow participation and civic engagement in Clare.
Opportunity to help provide valuable support to the community and voluntary sector.
Out of pocket expenses paid.
Training opportunities.

Diversity: Clare PPN is committed to working to represent all communities in Clare and as such we would especially welcome nominations to our secretariat from communities who feel under represented. We particularly welcome nominations of young and older people for any of the above roles (the majority of our representatives are between 35 and 65), members of the Travelling Community, those who might themselves experience social inclusion, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, and ethnic minority groups. All nominees who step forward will be subject to election by the relevant PPN member groups.

Governance Bootcamp for Community Groups in Clare March 21st

Governance Bootcamps for Community Groups in Clare – March 21st 2019

Clare Public Participation Network, Clare Volunteer Centre and Clare Local Development Company invite those involved with community groups, charities or non governmental organisations in Clare to attend one of two introductory workshops on Governance and the Charities Governance Code which will take place on March 21st 2019 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm and will be repeated from 6.30 to 9.30pm on the same day.

A further follow up workshop will take place on April 17th 2019 to assist groups with any issues they may have. This workshop will be advertised at a later date.

Why Governance and the Charities Governance Code?

Our three organisations have collaborated to organise these workshops in response to a demand from the groups we have consulted with over the last year who all identified governance and regulation as the main issue they struggle with. We hope that these introductory level workshops will help community groups to gain an understanding of what is expected of them and assist them with identifying areas where further training might be necessary.

What will be covered?

Good governance involves putting in place systems and processes to ensure that your organisation or charity achieves its objectives with integrity and is managed in an effective, efficient, accountable and transparent way.

This training will give an overview of governance and the Charities Governance Code, helping organisations and charities get a handle on what further training or support they may need in this area.

This training is funded by Clare PPN from its budget and to supplement the cost (and to ensure attendence) we are charging €5 per person payable when booking at Eventbrite: https://governance-bootcamp.eventbrite.ie

If your organisation has any trouble with the cost or is unable to make the payment online please contact 087 1617375 or admin@clareppn.ie and we will make alternative arrangements for you. .

Who is delivering the training?

We have contracted the Charmicael Centre in Dublin to deliver this training and the sessions will be conducted by Caroline Egan of Cramden Tech who is Managing Director of Shannon based training and eLearning company, CramdenTECH Ltd. She has almost 20 years experience in the non-profit sector. Her areas of training expertise include corporate governance and compliance, charity management, social enterprise development, business planning, strategic management and communications.

Working Together to Make Clare Better:

Clare PPN, Clare Volunteer Centre and CLDC’s SICAP programme are working together on these events to make the best use of resources available to Community Groups in Clare.

Move Ireland (Men Overcoming Violence) are seeking a female board member

MOVE Ireland (Men Overcoming Violence), is a voluntary organisation which works to address domestic violence against women.  Their overriding goal is to promote the safety and wellbeing of women and their children, who have experienced violence and abuse in their intimate relationships. MOVE provides Domestic Violence Perpetrators Intervention Programmes for men where they are challenged to take responsibility for their abuse and to change their attitudes and behaviour and develop respectful, non-abusive relationships. Taking part in a MOVE programme can make a real difference to the lives of those involved, including children who have been affected.

Our member organisation Move Ireland who work to overcome violence against women and children in Ireland, are seeking a female board member to help them run the organisation.  The current board has a majority of men and for this reason they are currently only considering expressions of interest from women.  If you feel you have the skills and enthusiasm to help steer this organisation’s valuable work please read the information below and you can either contact the organisation directly or you can send Clare PPN an expression of interest as explained below and we will forward it to Move Ireland.  Please note this is not a PPN election and Move Ireland will aim to select a candidate that they feel most closely matches their organisation’s needs should one come forward.

Please email admin@clareppn.ie with the following information on or before March 3rd 2019.

1.Name, Address and Contact Details.

3. Brief Biography- your work experience, interests, skills and any experience you might have in the areas of domestic violence, counselling, organisational management etc.

4. Statement of interest: Please outline in 400 words or less your interest in becoming a voluntary board member of Move Ireland

Should you wish to find out more, you can contact our Chief Executive, Owen O’Neill at 065-6848689 or send us a brief email to move@moveireland.ie outlining your suitability and motivation.


MOVE Ireland – Board Vacancy

The main objective of MOVE Ireland is to promote the safety and well-being of women and their children by developing and offering programmes and other appropriate interventions to men who are or have been violent or abusive towards their partners or children. More information is available at www.moveireland.ie

If you support this objective, you may be able to help by serving on our Board. 

Person specification: MOVE Ireland values diversity, and we are committed to drawing Board members from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

Desirable Experience, Skills and Personal Qualities: Potential Board Members should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

Experience in or knowledge of the community and voluntary sector.

  • Experience in or knowledge of the domestic violence sector.
  • Previous board level experience.
  • Specific areas of skill such as corporate governance, regulation, human resource management, communications and public relations, strategic planning, organisational performance management, service development, accounting, financial management, risk management, etc
  • An enquiring mind, with the confidence to challenge constructively.
  • Recognition of the importance of supporting collective decisions.
  • Strong communication and listening skills.
  • Able to manage a wide variety of situations in a meeting and ensure that the outcomes are in the best interest of the organisation.
  • Commitment to the vision and mission of MOVE Ireland.

Time commitment  The time requirement of this role is estimated at about 6-8 working days per year. This includes:

  • Six 3-hour Board meetings per year which are usually held during working hours at our Head Office in Ennis, Co. Clare.
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Time to read papers and prepare in advance of each meeting
  • Optional involvement in sub-committees and advisory roles 

Training We encourage board members to undertake training as part of their role. This may be general training on governance or on specific to areas that individual board members decide to get more involved in. Training needs are identified on an ad hoc basis, and also through an annual board review process.

Benefits of joining the MOVE Ireland Board: As well as contributing towards promoting the safety and well-being of women and their children, this role also offers you an opportunity to engage with a dedicated group of board members, with varied backgrounds and perspectives and a committed staff team and to develop your own skills and expertise for the future.

Summary of Role – Member of the Board of Directors: The role involves playing an active role in the governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

Main Duties

  • To provide strategic leadership – periodically review the workings and structure of the organisation to ensure that it continues to work towards its main objective, as outlined in the Articles and Memorandum of MOVE Ireland and ensure that there are strategies and policies in place to support the objective.
  • To encourage a culture of openness, responsiveness and accountability – ensuring that MOVE Ireland complies with any relevant legal, accounting and reporting requirements. (Company Law, Charities Acts, Data Protection, funders requirements, etc)
  • Promoting responsible and effective management of organisational resources (financial and human).
  • To act with reasonable care and skill and at all times in the best interest of MOVE Ireland.
  • Developing and monitoring risk management strategies.
  • Developing and monitoring internal systems that are transparent and accountable to stakeholders.
  • Communicating with stakeholders and the public.

Status:Voluntary role – charity trustees may not profit from carrying out their Board duties. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Accountable to:Chairperson and the Board of Directors

Committee Membership:Optional

Clare projects benefit from €6.8m announcement – Rural Regeneration & Development Fund

Clare projects benefit from €6.8m announcement

Clare County Council has been successful in securing funding for five separate rural regeneration and development projects under the €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF), a key component of Project Ireland 2040.

€6.8 million has been secured for projects in Loop Head, Lahinch, Doolin, Kilrush and Holy Island.

All RRDF projects applications were prepared and submitted to deliver on the targets of the Clare Rural Development Strategy. This involved collaboration across various Council departments, Municipal Districts, local communities and specific partnerships with Kilrush Amenity Trust and Lahinch Seaworld as stakeholders.

SUCCESSFUL CLARE PROJECTS:

  • Lahinch Seaworld and Town Upgrade Project (€2,860,000): This project is a substantial upgrade of the Lahinch Seaworld community-run facility and associated public realm works in the town. It includes: The retrofitting of the Seaworld building; new public toilets; public realm works; completion of building of new Surf Rescue and Training Centre, Lahinch sports field, new car park and amenity area.
  • Vandeleur Estate, Kilrush (€1,720,000): This project will restore part of the historic Vandeleur Estate, which has been in existence since 1808. The project will respect the existing facilities and buildings within the surrounding area and will include a new museum; and development of arts and crafts facilities to promote local heritage.
  • Loop Head Visitor Attraction (€868,500): This is a significant tourism project which will refurbish and expand the facilities at the historic Loop Head visitor lighthouse attraction with a view to enhancing the capacity and attractiveness of the lighthouse.  The project will assist in the enhancement of the existing tourism offering in the area, delivering benefits to the wider community through increased activity.
  • Inis Cealtra Island (€920,500): Clare County Council will develop a detailed design for a visitor centre, a design for a new boat landing point including visitor trails and the production of an interpretation strategy for the island.
  • Doolin Pier: Clare County Council will develop a masterplan to develop a new visitor and tourist Centre at Doolin pier.

A separate Clare project has also benefited from funding totalling €666,300. Fáilte Ireland will develop a plan to solve critical congestion and visitor management issues along the Wild Atlantic Way at 15 key locations within the counties of Clare and Kerry.

View the list of successful applicant here: RRDF Successful Projects

 

Call for nominations for Clare County Council’s Rural Development Forum

Clare PPN is seeking nominations for three representatives to sit on Clare County Council’s Rural Development Forum.

December 4th 2018

NB: Closing date for nominations is December 14th

The Rural Development Forum which meets three times per year is comprised of more than 40 representatives from organisations in County Clare. One of its key achievements so far has been the consultation and launch of Clare County Council’s Rural Development Strategy 2026 which can be read at the link below:

http://www.clarecoco.ie/services/community/publications/clare-rural-development-strategy-2026-26009.pdf

Clare PPN’s representatives on the Rural Development Forum will have the chance to discuss and influence policy decisions, projects and strategies for the development of County Clare and to network with the other 40 members of the forum. We are seeking energetic people for all three roles who are willing to play an active role in both the Rural Development Forum and in consulting and feeding back to Clare PPN’s member groups.

We are now seeking nominations from Clare PPN member groups for the relevant positions:

1 Clare PPN Environmental College Representative

2. Clare PPN Community and Voluntary College Representative

3. Clare PPN Social Inclusion College Representatives

All groups who are members of Clare PPN on December 4th 2018 can nominate one person for one of these positions. If you don’t know which ‘College’ your group is in please contact us at admin@clareppn.ie  and we will check it for you.

Election Rules and Process

  • Only groups who were members of Clare PPN on 4th December 2018 are eligible to vote in these elections.
  • No individual can represent Clare PPN on more than one external committee or body.
  • Only groups who are members of the particular college can nominate a candidate for that college’s seat.
  • Each member group may nominate one candidate and may then cast one vote in the resultant election should we receive multiple nominations. It is each group’s named contact person’s responsibility to consult with their own members in regard to this.

How to nominate a candidate: 

Nominations are open from December 5th 2018 until December 14th 2018

In the event of an election being necessary voting will be open from December 14th – December 21st.

The next meeting of the Rural Development Forum is January 15th 2019 and it is our intention to have representatives in place for that meeting.

Groups wishing to nominate a candidate must seek the person’s consent first and then must send us an email to admin@clareppn.ie with the following information:

  1. Name of Community Group.
  2. Position number for which they are nominating a candidate.
  3. Name of proposed nominee.
  4. Contact details of proposed nominee.
  5. A short paragraph (up to 200 words) detailing the nominees’ suitability and experience for the role- this will be shared on social media and on our website in advance of voting.
  6. A photo of your nominee which we may share with our members and social media followers.

What happens then?

  • Clare PPN will confirm receipt of nominations by email.
  • Following the close of nominations, Clare PPN will circulate details of candidates to our eligible members and online  voting will be open for seven days.
  • The successful candidates will be informed immediately.
  • NB: Even if you have nominated a candidate you will still need to vote for them once voting opens to support their election.

For any further information about any of the above roles or Clare PPN’s election processes please feel free to call us on 087 1617375.