FLAG West meeting 7th November 2018

FLAG West meeting 7th November 2018

Report by Oonagh O’Dwyer

 

Q1
Representative Name
Oonagh O’Dwyer

Q2
Committee Name
Flag west

Q3
Date of meeting:
Date / Time 11/07/2018

Q4
Your college
Community & Voluntary

Q5
Municipal District
West Clare

Q6
Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?
No

Q7
Main topics discussed at the meeting:
Project deferment, evaluation process for grants, board vacancies

Q8
List any decisions made at the meeting:
To more actively promote that applications for funding are now being accepted for 2019. To draw up plan for more feedback from grant recipients on how their projects are doing. Opportunity for board members to submit for the Marine Spatial planning consultation by the 16th Nov.

Q9
Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?
No

Flag West 26th April 2018

Q1
Representative Name

Oonagh O’Dwyer

Q2
Committee Name

Flag West

Q3
Date of meeting:
  • Date / Time04/26/2018
Q4
Your college
  • Community & Voluntary
Q5
Municipal District
  • West Clare
Q6
Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?

no

Q7
Main topics discussed at the meeting:

The coordinator informed the meeting that successful projects from tranche 1 were awaiting letters of offer, but it was more than likely there would be a ministerial announcement to that effect. There were a total of 22 projects approved with grant aid of €14600 and a total investment of €246543. There are 24 projects before the board for assessment with grant aid of €319908 with a total investment of €589979.

Q8
List any decisions made at the meeting:

Fáilte Ireland Representation: Michael Fitzsimons has intimated that he cannot attend meetings in the future as has been transferred to another section in Fáilte Ireland. Coordinator will contact FI with a view to nominate representative to the Board. Local Action Groups representation: The term of Comhar na nOileán on the Board has come to an end and Clare LDC will be requested to nominate a representative the Board Galway Offshore Islands representation: Paddy Crowe has stepped down as manager of Comhar Caomhan and as per agreement with the Galway off shore islands the next representative on the Board will be from Inis Mór.. The Coordinator is to request that Comharchumann Forbartha Árann nominate Cathy Ní Ghoill to the Board.

Q9
Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?

no

Clare PPN’s Submission to the Citizen’s Assembly on Tackling Climate Change

Clare Public Participation Network Submission to the Citizen’s Assembly

on the Issue

‘How can the state make Ireland a leader at tackling climate change?’

11th August 2017

Clare Public Participation Network wishes to make the following submission for consideration by the Citizen’s Assembly:

Leadership: Clare PPN calls for strong leadership from all levels of government to ensure that every department’s actions, and every piece of legislation passed is climate proofed. Further to this we call on the government to ensure no further licences for fossil fuel exploration are granted in Ireland’s territory. Clare PPN calls for every measure that is introduced to be poverty proofed and for mitigating steps to be taken if and when steps designed to tackle climate change have a negative effect on people’s socio economic status.

Climate Positive Communities Fund:Clare PPN wishes to suggest that the national government should pilot a programme where it rewards communities and individuals who come up with ways to reduce Ireland’s carbon footprint, to generate clean energy or to move towards food sovereignty in their own communities or in the country as a whole.  Clare PPN suggests that a national organisation employing people with the expertise to evaluate the climate impact of each proposal should be set up and should have the dual role of working to remove any barriers that exist for effective community action and of determining level of financial reward that each project merits. Clare PPN notes that based on current targets the Irish state will be liable for significant financial penalties for failing to meet its climate targets and suggests that the funding spent on a national programme such as the one suggested above would have the potential, if successful to reduce our exposure to such fines and to increase participation by the public in tackling climate change.  This suggestion would ensure that Ireland could help become a leader in tackling climate change by harnessing the power, creativity, local knowledge and resourcefulness that are features of every townland and village in Ireland.

Community Participation:Clare PPN calls on the government to radically alter how public consultations are conducted. In line with the Aarhus Convention it calls on the government to adopt policies and commit resources to ensuring that communities are engaged in decision making, planning, ownership, and ongoing management of any clean energy projects that are proposed in their areas. This approach should be followed in regard to all natural resources with particular reference to seaweed harvesting which appears likely to experience increased interest from private companies given recent findings that it may contribute to lessening climate impact from cattle farming.  Clare PPN wishes to stress that communities should be engaged from the conception stage in any project such as wind, wave or solar energy. Further to this communities must be resourced and supported to consider themselves as energy producers rather than only consumers. This requires significant action to ensure that micro producers of energy are able to efficiently and effectively sell any excess energy produced to the grid and able to access energy from the national grid. It is imperative than any blocks to this process or to communities becoming sustainable energy communities are removed. Clare PPN would like to call for the removal of prohibitions on Virtual Private Networks as these restrictions prevent collaborative approaches to sustainable energy generation for small groups or clusters where this may otherwise be an option.

Infrastructure: Clare PPN is based in a rural, agricultural county, parts of which are dependent on tourism for its sustainability. Clare PPN calls for more supports for environmentally sound tourism practices, for significant investment in environmentally sustainable public transport within the county and for support for innovative, sustainable land use including forestry. Clare PPN notes the existence of successful Community Supported Agriculture projects in Clare and wishes to commend and recommend these as models which could be developed and which are worthy of support. Clare PPN also notes the existence of wetland regeneration projects in County Clare and calls for these to be supported. Clare PPN also recognises the very successful Clare Bus company and call for additional support for them in their moves to become more sustainable, particularly in the area of EV based public transport. Clare PPN calls for a national and local programme of financial and administrative support for individuals and businesses to become self-sufficient in energy needs.

Any enquiries in relation to this submission may be directed to

Christy Sinclair,

Clare PPN Environmental College Representative

Phone: 087- 2244569

Email: sarah@clareppn.ie

Website: www.clareppn.ie

Twitter: @clare_ppn

Facebook: www.facebook.com/clareppn/