Clare PPN Notice of Elections May 21st 2018

Clare PPN Notice of Elections

21st of May 2018

Acceptance of nominations has been extended to Thursday 7th June at 5pm.

Clare Public Participation Network gives notice of its intention to conduct elections from among its membership for the following positions which have become vacant.
  1. Killaloe Municipal District Secretariat Member.
  2. Social Inclusion College Representative to sit on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).
  3. Community and Voluntary College Representative to sit on Clare County Council’s Social Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC)
Clare PPN seeks nominations from its member groups for candidates for each of the above roles.

Election Rules and Process:

  • Only groups who were members of Clare PPN on 20th  of May 2018 are eligible to vote in these elections.
  • No person can represent Clare PPN on more than one external committee or body.
  • Only groups with registered from addresses in Killaloe Municipal District may nominate or vote for that Secretariat seat. (Position 1)
  • Only groups who are members of the Social Inclusion College may nominate or vote for the Social Inclusion Representative Seat (Position 2)
  • Only groups who are members of the Community and Voluntary Pillar may vote for the Community and Voluntary Seat on the Social Development SPC (Position 3)

Each member group may nominate one candidate and may cast one vote in the relevant election- it is each group’s named contact person’s responsibility to consult with their own members in regard to this.

If any group is uncertain about their Municipal District or College they can contact us on 087 1617375 or by email to admin@clareppn.ie

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 Thursday,June 7th at 5 PM :

  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.

Clare PPN will confirm receipt of nominations by email.

Following the close of nominations Clare PPN will circulate details of candidates to our members and online and voting will be open until June 13th at 5pm.  

The names of the successful candidates will be announced at Clare PPN’s plenary meeting which will take place on June 14th 2018. Details to follow.

NB: Even if you have nominated a candidate you will still need to cast your vote to support their election.

Details: Position 1. Killaloe Municipal District Secretariat Member

Clare PPN is managed by a board known as the Secretariat. This secretariat is responsible for running the Public Participation Network in Clare between plenary meetings where the member groups’ views and input are sought.  Clare PPN has two part time staff and an annual budget of €80,000 per year in funding which is provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Clare County Council. The secretariat which is a flat structure meets at least six times per year with those meetings usually taking place in Ennis County Clare.  Candidates will also be required to attend events and meetings organised by the PPN itself for the purposes of consulting with our member groups. Clare PPN is currently seeking nominations for a representative from the Killaloe Municipal District. The ideal candidate will be a person who is well connected with community groups in the area and someone who has a genuine interest in increasing participation by local groups in Local Government Structures. Whilst all correctly nominated candidates will go forward equally Clare PPN would particularly welcome women candidates for this role to assist with gender balance on the Secretariat which is currently 7/3 men/ women.

For more details on the current secretariat see here

Details; Position 2. Social Inclusion Representative on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee.

The Local Community Development Committee is comprised of Council Officials, Elected Councillors, and various business and community representatives. Among other things LCDC has the job of developing and overseeing the community elements of Clare County Council’s  6 year long Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP). This is an important committee for Clare PPN and its members and we have 5 seats on it. The vacancy is for a social inclusion seat and we would encourage nominations of people who have an understanding or experience or interest in any of the following areas; combatting social exclusion, poverty reduction, anti-discrimination policy making, community development, intercultural and anti-racism work.  This committee meets 5- 6 times per year and the successful nominee will also be required to participate on occasion in other networking, consultation  and policy making events with member groups and Clare PPN secretariat.

For more details on Clare PPN’s representatives on the LCDC see here here

For more details on the Local Community Development Committee itself see here

Details: Position 3. Community and Voluntary Representative on Clare County Council’s Social Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) 

This committee is made up of Elected Councillors, Council Officials and community and social partner representatives. They have the role of helping to form, advise and monitor all policies relating to housing, estate management, culture and sports in County Clare. The task of each SPC is to assist and advise the council in the formulation, development and review of policy.  This committee meets approximately 4- 5 times per year. The successful nominee would be required to participate in other events organised by Clare PPN to inform, network and consult with members on the activities of this committee.  For this role Clare PPN are seeking a nominee from the community and voluntary college who preferably has an interest in some or all of the following- arts policy and funding and community art, sports and sports development in County Clare and as this committee deals primarily with issues of housing we would welcome someone who would be willing to participate constructively on matters of housing policy in County Clare.

For more details on Clare PPN’s representatives on this committee please see : here

For more details about the SPC itself from Clare County Council please see Here

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.

Clare PPN calls for emergency plan to be put in place for roadside dwelling Travellers during weather alerts

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Clare Public Participation Network Statement:  Date: 17/10/2017 

Clare PPN calls for emergency plan to be put in place for roadside-dwelling Travellers during weather alerts.

Clare Public Participation Network’s Social Inclusion Representatives commend Clare County Council and the county’s emergency services for their swift actions and clear and frequent updates during the status red weather alert which accompanied ex hurricane Ophelia on the 15th  of October. It came to the representatives’ attention however that there had been no provisions made to ensure the safety of the members of the Traveller community who live on the roadside in temporary dwellings. People contacting the Council’s emergency number were advised that no plan was in place for roadside dwelling Travellers and that they should ‘stay put’ until the storm abated. Clare PPN calls on the Council management and on elected representatives to ensure that a contingency plan is immediately put in place for any future such weather events which would at a minimum offer temporary secure shelter to all of those who need it. Clare PPN’s Social Inclusion Representatives are concerned that a failure to do this could result in injuries or fatalities which could be prevented by advance planning and so it calls on all those responsible to take action before the winter sets in fully.

Signed:

Mary O’Donoghue, Local Community Development Committee.

Sarah Clancy, Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee.

Dermot Hayes, Social Development Strategic Policy Committee.

George Atijohn, Clare Public Participation Network Secretariat.

Damon Matthew Wise Âû, Physical Development Strategic Policy Committee.

Details: Enquiries about anything to do with Clare PPN can be directed to sarah@clareppn.ie or 087 1617375.

Notes: 

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 Community and Rural Development and Clare County Council but is autonomous 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/

 

Clare PPN’s Social inclusion college taking action on its commitment to housing as a human right

Clare PPN’s letter to Councillors about the crisis for rental accommodation in the County

Ghost EstateAt Clare PPN’s Plenary Meeting on Feb 1st 2017 the members present agreed a motion to adopt a human rights approach to housing. This means that all of Clare PPN’s Representatives are mandated to engage with their various forums and committees from the perspective that every human has a right to adequate housing. As the situation for housing in Ireland and in Clare has become more and more critical the Social Inclusion College and its representatives have taken various actions to draw attention to the issues. Following a meeting of the Social Inclusion College on Thursday 2nd March those who attended decided to ask Dermot Hayes who is the PPN’s representative on the Social Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) which deals with housing to call for an emergency to be declared in the county. The reasoning for this was that it would ensure that attention was drawn to the worsening situation which those in need of housing assistance in the county found themselves. At the meeting of this SPC on March 7th Dermot was not successful in having his suggestion taken on board by the SPC. Following this it was decided by the Social Inclusion Representatives on Clare PPN Secretariat, on the Social Development SPC, on the Local Community Development Committee and on the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee that Clare PPN should write to all the Councillors in County Clare and ask for their ideas and suggestions on dealing with the issues. Clare PPN wrote to all Councillors on Friday May 12th and Clare PPN awaits their responses. A similar letter will be sent to TDs and Senators also.

Below is a copy of the letter which was sent to each elected Councillor

Clare Public Participation Network

Unit 1 Westgate Business Park,

Kilrush Road,

Ennis

086-1617375

 www.clareppn.ie

12/5/16

Dear Councillor

I am writing to you on behalf of Clare Public Participation Network’s Social Inclusion College to ask you to share your ideas and suggestions for addressing the current housing crisis in Clare. The Social Inclusion College is a grouping of those of our member groups who work to redress poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation in the County.  These community groups have become extremely concerned by the housing situation in Clare where there are 2505 households on the housing waiting list and where there have been no social houses completed since 2015. The Social Inclusion College is aware of the plans to develop social housing projects in several areas of Clare with Approved Housing Bodies and in Private Public Partnerships and of Clare County Council’s attempts to purchase and lease vacant houses but it is already clear that even these welcome efforts will not address the extent of the crisis that currently exists not to mind the situation which may be in evidence by the time these developments are completed.  The Social Inclusion College asked me to contact all of County Clare’s elected representatives and in particular you the Councillors, because it was felt that very often it is Councillors who are in direct contact with those in need of housing.

Clare PPN Social Inclusion College is extremely concerned at the effects of national policy directives which depend on the private rental sector to ameliorate the housing crisis. In Clare the figures are stark, on today’s date (12/5/17) there are a total of 70 properties available on Daft.ie for private rental in the County. It is the current situation that most of those presenting with housing needs in the County are now being directed towards the Housing Assistance Payment Scheme (HAP) which relies on a supply of private rental accommodation being available and it is clear that there is not anywhere near a sufficient supply of properties available for long term rental in the county to ensure that people and families have access to secure homes. At the current maximum rate of HAP Payment there are a total of 20 properties available in the County.

Clare PPN Social Inclusion college acknowledges that Councillors in County Clare work very closely with people seeking housing and so we are asking you for your responses and ideas on dealing with the housing crisis so that we can let our members know how you envisage this situation being addressed and what actions you intend to take yourself or within your political party to ensure it is addressed. We would be more than happy to receive even a paragraph or some key points about this from you as we appreciate how valuable your time is.  We would be very much obliged if you would reply to us either by email to info@clareppn.ie or by post to the address above. Our members intend to circulate and/or publish the responses from each Councillor, TD and Senator on Clare PPN’s Website and social media channels and so we would like to receive all responses before Monday May 29th if at all possible.

Yours on behalf of Clare PPN’s Social Inclusion College

Mary O’Donoghue,

Clare PPN Secretariat and LCDC member.

Report from Plenary Meeting on February 1st 2017

Report by secretariat member George Atijohn from Clare PPN’s first County Plenary Meeting of 2017.

The meeting started with a welcome message and a brief introduction of what Clare PPN worked on in 2016 which as well as all the routine work of running the PPN included The Green Shoots Gathering – an environmental conference which took place in the Glor Theatre Ennis and which was oversubscribed.

Green Shoots Facebook cover

The #ClareHowAreYa? well-being survey which attracted nearly 400 responses.

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Clare PPN’s collaboration with the Clare People Newspaper in publishing a special issue of the paper at Christmas which contained Proclamations written by school children from all over Clare. Clare People

Clare PPN also hosted workshops and training for its representatives and secretariat in media skills and mediation and in social media and there are plenty more such events planned for members and representatives for the year ahead.

Questions were asked by the old and new members about the activities of the Clare PPN

The following questions were asked:

  • How much budget can PPN spend on training?  The PPN’s budget was explained with members being told of the amounts which go towards salary, rent and representatives expenses and the remainder being available to fund the PPNs training, promotion and events budget.
  • Is there any tangible outcome from the PPN’s reps participation in the various SPCs that have by now been running for about two years? This question provoked some discussion- with members of the LCDC explaining that many of the changes achieved were incremental and so were difficult to account for. Clare PPN’s resource worker explained that the previous year had mostly focussed on getting everything in place and in order and that 2017 would see the focus change towards making participation as effective as possible.
  • Who controls the marketing budget within the PPN?  The  Secretariat
  • Is there a difference between pillars and colleges? No
  • What does social inclusion mean? This was explained and it was agreed to revisit the definition to ensure that this college is comprised of groups working on poverty reduction, and the active inclusion of marginalised communities.
  • Can you be members of two different groups?  Yes, but you may only be a contact person for one.

 

The following appointments were ratified at the plenary

  • Graham Lightfoot’s appointment to Clare PPN secretariat
  • Mary O’ Donoghue’s appointment to Clare PPN secretariat
  • Oonagh O’ Dwyer’s election to the Fisheries Local action Group.
  • Eugene Crimmins’ election to the Leader Programme Community Development and Social Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Ger O’ Halloran’s re-appointment to Clare Sports Partnership.

Members were informed about the vacant seat for the social inclusion on the secretariat, and for the new Rural Development Forum and the LTACC. It was explained that elections will be held to fill the vacant positions beginning in February.

Members of the Clare PPN present split into 3 colleges (Environment, Social Inclusion and Community and Voluntary) to deliberate on their work plan for the year ahead and the suggestions were all compiled for Clare PPN secretariat’s strategy day which takes place on Tuesday 28th Feb. It was agreed that both the environmental and social inclusion colleges would begin to meet as colleges more regularly with the environmental college’s first meeting due to take place on Feb 27th.

Finally two matters of Clare PPN’s policy were decided:

Firstly it was decided that Clare PPN would call for Ireland to ratify the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Ireland is the only country in the EU which has not ratified this convention even though we signed up to it almost ten years ago and this is now an aim of Clare PPN.

Secondly a decision was taken that Clare PPN recognises Housing as a Human Right as defined in the UN Convention on Human Rights and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and will carry out all its work on housing issues with that in mind.

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Invitation to Housing Matters a Workshop By Dr Rory Hearne on November 3rd

Invitation to Housing Matters a Workshop By Dr Rory Hearne on November 3rd

Clare Public Participation Network Event Notice:

 ‘HOUSING MATTERS’

By Dr Rory Hearne

 What: Housing Matters – Clare Public Participation Network to host workshop on Housing.

When: November 3rd 2016 7.00 PM

Where: McGuire Suite, The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

Contact: Sarah Clancy, Clare PPN Coordinator on  sarah@clareppn.ie/ 087 161 7375

Ireland is in the midst of a housing crisis, rents have spiralled, thousands are homeless and yet there are over a quarter of a million houses empty in the country. If this is something that concerns you Clare Public Participation Network would like to invite you to its next event:  ‘Housing Matters- A workshop on housing policy from Dr Rory Hearne’

We are very lucky to have Dr Rory Hearne who is an academic, author and policy expert in housing coming to deliver the session. Dr Hearne has been at the forefront of researching and advocating a human rights and equality based approach to addressing the housing crisis. He also worked for many years as a community worker and policy advisor on the urban regeneration and human rights project in Dolphin House in Dublin’s inner city.

The whole event will be practical, friendly and informal. It will be chaired by Clare PPN member Mary O’Donoghue, who for her day job is the Coordinator of the West Clare Family Resource Centre. It will aim to make sure that people who are working or who want to work towards fair, sustainable and rights-based housing policies in the county get to meet and to engage with each other around the issues and have a chance to become more informed.

Clare PPN has elected community representatives on Clare County Council’s Housing and Planning Committee and on the Local Community Development Committee and these representatives will be attending the workshop hoping to identify the main issues of concern in the county so that they can raise them on the bodies they sit on.

This event is open to the general public and so everyone is welcome to attend- housing policy affects everyone so please feel certain that you are welcome.

 

Dr Hearne’s academic, media and policy analysis of housing in Ireland include:

How the Government Should Tackle the Housing Crisis, The Irish Times, May 11th, 2016

The State Must Intervene in the Housing Market, The Irish Times, October 22nd, 2015

Nama is Fuelling High Rents by Pandering to Investors, Irish Times, November 28th, 2014

Hearne, R. & Boyle, M. (2016) Achieving a right to the city in practice: community development and human rights approaches in Dublin’s inner city communities, NIRSA Working Paper No. 79, NIRSA Maynooth

Kitchin, R., Hearne, R., & O’ Callaghan, C. (2015) Housing in Ireland: From Crisis to Crisis, NIRSA Working Paper No. 77, NIRSA Maynooth

Hearne, R. & Kenna, P. (2014) ‘Using the Human Rights Based Approach to tackle housing deprivation in an Irish urban housing estate’, Journal of Human Rights Practice,Vol 6, Issue 1, March 2014, pp 1-25

Hearne, R. & Kenna, P. (2015) Collective Complaint Against Ireland for Sub-Standard Housing Issues on Local Authority Estates, NUI Galway, Council of Europe European Committee of Social Rights

Hearne, R (2014) The importance of standards and community: Tenants experience of social housing in Ireland, in Sirr, L. (ed.) Public and Private Renting in Ireland, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration

Hearne, R. & Redmond, D. (2014) The collapse of PPPs: prospects for social housing regeneration after the crash, in MacLaran, A. & Kelly, S. (eds.) Neoliberal Urban Policy and the Transformation of the City, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Hearne, R., Kitchin, R. & O’ Callaghan, C. (2014) Spatial justice and housing in Ireland, in Kearns, G. et al. Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy

Redmond, D. & Hearne, R. (2013) Starting afresh: Housing Associations, stock transfer and regeneration, Dublin: Cluid Housing Association

Hearne, R. (2011) Public Private Partnerships in Ireland: failed experiment or the way forward? Manchester University Press