Notice of Plenary Meeting: October 12th 2020 at 7PM (Online)
Clare Public Participation Network invites all member groups to attend its first online Plenary Meeting which will take place on Monday 12th October at 7pm.
What is a Plenary Meeting? Plenary meetings are the main decision making forums for Clare PPN -at these meetings all member groups are invited to attend and to put items forward for the agenda for discussion or for inclusion in the work plan of Clare PPN. At each of these meetings the staff and secretariat of Clare PPN present an update on the work, finances, and activities of the PPN from the preceding three months and present their work plan for discussion and input from member groups for the forthcoming three months.
Online Meeting: Due to the Covid-19 restrictions this Plenary Meeting will be held online via zoom. Any member or person who would like to receive training in how to use Zoom should email firstname.lastname@example.org and William Hederman will arrange a session with you to help familiarise you with how to participate using this tool. You will need a smart phone or computer and an internet connection to use zoom. If possible each member group should nominate someone who has these facilities to represent them at this Plenary Meeting. If any group is unable to attend online please feel free to send us submissions or items for our agenda via email to email@example.com or by calling us on 087 1617375.
Call for Agenda Items:
All current member groups can propose agenda items for this meeting on or before October 5th 2020 . Please send these using the subject line ”Agenda Item Plenary Meeting” to firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare PPN’s representatives who sit on 11 boards and committees in the County will also have an opportunity to present updates from their committees and to take any questions or input from member groups at this meeting.
For part of this meeting Members will be split up into three groups – representing the three colleges of Clare PPN – Environmental, Social Inclusion and Community & Voluntary and asked to identify their priorities for Clare PPN to address until the end of 2020.
At the beginning of each plenary meeting we will present an introduction to the PPN for new member groups and a question and answer session will be held.
Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to email@example.com on or before October 11th 2020.
Madeline Mc Aleer
Joint Policing Committee
Date of meeting:
Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?
- To thank An Garda Síochána for their attendance at the PPN voter registration event and at the election husting event
- To propose that Domestic and Sexual Assault and actions around these issues are specifically referenced in a strategic Objective of the JPC 2020 Work Plan
- Fear of crime to include drug related intimidation
Main topics discussed at the meeting:
- Property Marking Scheme demonstration – Co. Council have purchased a property marking device and offer a free property marking service
- An Garda Síochána crime report 2019 V 2020 stats.
- Protective Service Unit established in Clare – based in Crusheen Station
- Drug related crime / fear intimidation – Dermot Hayes referred to comments made by priest in Cloughleigh – drug related intimidation, drug associated crime and mental health and suicides
- Follow up on reported crime Illegal Traveller halting sites
- Commissioner attending JPC – July 13th
- PSU presentation suggested
- Work Plan 2020 to be discussed at next meeting
List any decisions made at the meeting:
More detailed breakdown of crime figures will be available for next meeting Presentation on Protective Service Units at July meeting when Commissioner present
Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?
No. Ethics for C & V circular from JPC forwarded to PPN
EU PARKING CARD/DISABLED PERSON’S PARKING PERMIT
EU Parking Card /Disabled person’s parking permits are issued to drivers or passengers who meet the criteria as
laid down by the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland. These permits are intended to facilitate ease of parking
in public car parking areas. In order to fully utilise a disabled parking permit, the following points should be
What is a valid Disabled Person’s Parking Permit?
Valid means a permit that is in date and displays a photograph of the permit holder. Disabled Person’s Parking
Permits are valid for two years from date of issue. A permit must then be renewed by post or online and requires
that the old permit is returned to the Disabled Drivers Association or National Mobility Centre.
Who can use Disabled Person’s Parking Permits?
A parking permit must only be used by the person to whom it is issued either as a driver or travelling as a passenger
in another vehicle. It is an offence for a driver to use a disabled person’s parking permit when the permit holder is
not a passenger in the vehicle. Any abuse / misuse will result in its immediate withdrawal.
Requirements regarding display of Disabled Person’s Parking Permits.
A valid permit must be clearly displayed within a vehicle in order to park in a disabled parking bay.
Where does the display of a Disabled Person’s Parking Permit allow for the permit holder or their driver to park?
Parking is allowed in disabled parking spaces or other parking spaces within a public car parking area providing that
the parking permit is visibly displayed. The laws on parking do not extend to private car parks. Spaces assigned to
disabled persons in private or privately operated car parks are operated at the discretion of the car park operator
and may incur charges and/or time limits. Parking in a regular parking space in private car parks such as
supermarkets, private car parks, is governed by the parking rules of these organisations. Clarification should be
sought from these organisations in order to be clear as to what is allowed in relation to parking.
What offence may incur a traffic fine whilst parking in a disabled parking space or regular parking space?
A fine can be incurred whereby a person parking in a disabled parking space does not display a valid disabled parking
permit. Please note a permit MUST BE clearly visible on the dashboard where either a traffic warden or garda can
easily view same. An out of date disabled parking permit is not acceptable and the driver may incur a parking fine. It
is the responsibility of the holder of a Disabled Parking Permit to ensure that the permit displayed is valid and in
Where is a Disabled Person’s Parking Permit NOT to be used?
A disabled person’s parking permit does not give a right of parking in prohibited areas including double yellow lines,
set down areas, loading bays, hatched areas (yellow/white boxes). It should be noted that the hatched areas
adjacent to Disabled Person’s Parking Permits are there to facilitate disabled drivers as they enter and leave their
How do I apply for a Disabled Person’s Parking Permits?
Application is made to Disabled Drivers Association, Ballindine, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Tel: 094 9364054 / 094 9364336
National Mobility Centre, Irish Wheelchair Association, Ballinagappa Rd, Clane, Co Kildare
Tel: 045 893094
Information is also available from your local Citizens Information Office
Clare County Joint Policing Committee
17th of February 2020
Click here to access the presentation by Chief Superintendent Sean Colleran on crime statistics and community engagement:
Below please find a link to the Joint Policing Committee Report from An Garda Síochána – 8th July 2019
JPC Garda Presentation July 2019
An Garda Siochána presentation – Clare County Joint Policing Committee 8th April 2019
The presentation made by An Garda Siochána at today’s Joint Policing Committee is available to view here: JPC Garda presentation April 8th 2019