Minutes of Clare PPN Secretariat meeting, Monday 2nd March 2020

Minutes of Clare PPN Secretariat meeting 

Monday, 2nd March, 2020

Present: Mary O’Donoghue, Fionnuala Collins, Damon Matthew Wise Âû, Padraic Hayes, Sarah Clancy, Sarah Ferrigan, William Hederman

  1. Update on meeting with Pat Dowling, chief executive of Clare Co Council, 30th Jan. Mary O’Donoghue and Sarah Clancy attended for PPN. Pat Dowling and Leonard Cleary for Clare CoCo.

Clare PPN raised the issue of the lack of support from the council for the PPN and members disillusionment with the consultation processes in particular for Climate Adaptation Strategy and Clare County Council’s Corporate Plan.

Dowling took issue with the PPN Coordinator’s role as a witness in a court case against the council. He also noted with displeasure that the PPN Coordinator had been seen in the Public Gallery with a named person who Clare Co Co has been in litigation with and that this was not acceptable.  L.Cleary noted that this has damaged the PPNs reputation within Clare Co Co.

Mary O’Donoghue clarified that the PPN Coordinator was acting for the PPN in the High Court and that in certain circumstances this is appropriate. PPN Coordinator noted that she has no control over who attends County Council meetings in the public gallery nor whether they approach her or not.

The meeting cleared the air to some degree. Dowling promised / agreed to certain things – these need to be followed up on. These include a meeting with the senior management team; and that they would in future take PPN submissions on board.

Agreed that next step should be: try to work well with new contact SEO, Bernie Hough, and to meet with senior management team. Also to request that Clare CoCo and Clare PPN would make an agreement on how consultations involving PPN should be carried out, which should be in line with DPER guidelines.

  1. Update on ongoing elections for reps and secretariat members

Four nominations for current Reps positions:

  • Hilary Tonge for LCDC on behalf of Community & Voluntary college
  • Mary Leahy for Social Development SPC, on behalf of Respond Housing (replacing Trudy Leyden)
  • Helen Liddy for Rural Dev Forum, on behalf of Social Inclusion college
  • A fourth nomination has been received – seeking clarification for which position.

No nominations for Environment College seats on Rural Development Forum. We will repeat the call-out for this.

Five positions are vacant on Clare PPN Secretariat- these will be re-advertised following Wellbeing Statement events.

New reps and pre-meetings working well. From now on, we will arrange in advance who will raise what issue at meetings.

  1. Update on recruitment of replacement support worker

William Hederman began work today, Monday 2nd March. Part Time 2 days per week. This means that Clare PPN now has the equivalent of 2 FTE staff.

  1. Preparations for Well-Being Vision Statement Workshops

Public Well-Being Statements need to be complete by end March. Need to be advertised and lined up by end of this week (Fri 6th March).

Possibility that public gatherings will be banned off due to coronavirus. If so we will look at doing them via live feed/ survey.

  1. New director needed for CLG

Fionnuala Collins had previously agreed to be a Director and will now do so.

Mary O’Donoghue nominated Padraic Hayes as a Director and Treasurer; seconded by Damon.

  1. Audit needed this year

Should Clare PPN register as a charity? Sarah Clancy/Mary O’ -Clare PPN’s purpose is not charitable as such and now that the overall funding has gone above €100k per year the original reasoning that being a registered charity would exempt us from audit requirements does not now hold. Secretariat agreed to discontinue application for charitable status.

Audit: Sarah Ferrigan got a quote of €2,400 from Majella O’Donnell. Fionnuala suggests Noonan Ó Cinnéide – Sarah Ferrigan will follow up.

  1. Fine by Lobbying.ie

Sarah Clancy missed a deadline for filing quarterly lobbying returns. She was very busy and filed one day late. (It was a nil return.) She paid the €200 fine out of her own pocket, but it was agreed she should be reimbursed.

  1. New liaison person in council: Bernie Hough, as of March 2nd

We have yet to meet her. She is a senior executive officer with the Rural Development Directorate. Secretariat asked coordinator to invite her to meet us in the PPN offices at her convenience.

  1. Migrant Forum Update

Two meetings of the Migrant Forum have taken place. Plan with CLDC’s SICAP team to hire facilitator, Alphonse Basogomba, for four days of forum. CLDC will pay his fee. Clare PPN will provide time, support and venue. Participants will be given training in: 1) local government; 2) media & representing yourself at the conclusion of four session.

  1. Making PPN effective for reps and members

Agreed to meet new Liaison Person for Clare PPN, agreed to request an agreement between Clare Co Co and PPN on how relevant consultations are conducted – with DPER guidelines as the basis. Noted that Carlow PPN has community consultation toolkit which is useful as a basis for discussion.

  1. Financial report

Sarah Ferrigan noted that she is due a quarterly financial report at end of March and will circulate to secretariat once complete. 

  1. Work report 

PPN Hustings event very well attended 125 tickets booked in total and live streaming generated more interest and support for PPN.

Planning a conference on Social Inclusion on April 17th at Temple Gate Hotel. A planning meeting for this will take place on Tuesday 10th March, at 10:30am at Clare PPN offices.


  • The death has taken place of Patrick Murphy — he was the Ennis rep on the Community & Voluntary Forum.
  • The following have been agreed with Clare Co Council: 1) A work plan for the year; 2) a memo of understanding.
  • Suggestion to get a microphone/speaker to use on table for future Zoom meetings.

Healthy Clare receives €374,100 in Healthy Ireland Funding

Healthy Clare receives €374,100 in Healthy Ireland Funding

The Healthy Clare Strategic Plan 2019-2021 was launched in March 2019 and has secured funding of €374,100.

The open call for projects took place from July to August 2019 and generated great interest. Projects were selected and funding is being awarded through the Clare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) which is a sub-committee of Clare County Council and made up of public and private sector representation.

Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council complimented the Department of Health for its vision in providing funding to local community and voluntary organisations in order to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of the County. He said that raising awareness within communities of the importance of looking after your health and wellbeing is the ideal place to ground the Healthy Ireland agenda and this funding supports that.

The Clare Local Community Development Committee is responsible for managing the fund which has also been welcomed by Andrew Dundas, Chairperson of the committee. He outlined how the Local Community Development Committee and the Clare Children and Young People’s Services Committee agreed to submit the joint funding application which is a welcome boost to the County and supports the implementation of the strategy objectives.

Karen Fennessy, Healthy Clare Co-ordinator with Clare County Council explained that the funding relates to three strands which include ‘Healthy Ireland’, ‘Community Mental Health’ and ‘Small Grants funding for Mental Health’.  This funding will benefit many worthwhile projects being undertaken by the Community and Voluntary sector throughout Clare and it is wonderful to see the emergence of fantastic initiatives that aim to support the implementation of the strategy and the ethos of a Healthy Clare.

Some of the projects being funded relate to:-

  • Building healthy minds, reaching many of the target groups county-wide
  • Prevention and recovery projects engaging people who are in recovery and those at risk of drug & alcohol related harm
  • Fitness and wellbeing for all through the lifespan
  • Athletics for children with disabilities
  • Social Health Education Programmes for Mental Well-being (empowering people to help themselves)


Further information can be requested by emailing: healthyclare@clarecoco.ie

The Healthy Clare Strategic Plan can be viewed at:


Clare PPN Submission on Clare Co Co’s Draft Corporate Plan 2019- 2024

Clare PPN submission to Clare County Council’s Draft Corporate Plan 2019 – 2024

Novemeber 12th 2019


Clare County Council recently opened their Draft Corporate Plan to the public for submissions. Clare PPN made a submission on Friday 8th November  to the strategy on behalf of our representatives and member groups which was based on our recent submissions to other such strategies and plans. We also organised a questionnaire online to help members of the public comment and input into the strategy. The submission attached below contains both of the above elements. We look forward to hearing from Clare County Council in relation to the submission. Many thanks to all our members who contributed to the submission. You can read our submission here: Clare PPN Submission to Clare County Councils Draft Corporate Plan 2019- 2024

LCDC meeting reps report – 10th September 2019


Representative Name

Theresa O’Donohoe



Committee Name




Date of meeting:




Your college




Municipal District

West Clare



Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?

Having Climate and Biodiversity as a standing order on the agenda as is promised for SPCs.



Main topics discussed at the meeting:




List any decisions made at the meeting:

NOT to add climate and biodiversity as a standing order on the agenda.  Climate proofing funding applications.



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

Wake the government up to climate change and biodiversity loss

Nominations are now open for Clare PPN representatives on the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) of Clare County Council.

Nominations are now open for Clare PPN representatives on the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) of Clare County Council.

The following Clare PPN representative positions are up for election:

  • Community & Voluntary pillar rep x 2
  • Social Inclusion pillar rep x 1
  • Environment pillar rep x 1

Member groups from each pillar (community & voluntary, social inclusion or environment) can nominate one candidate for that particular pillar representative position and a vote will be held for each pillar.  Only groups which were members on 28th May 2019 can nominate a candidate. If you are not sure which pillar your group belongs to please contact: admin@clareppn.ie

The successful candidate will be required attend six LCDC meeting per year (plus a brief pre-meeting on the same day at Clare PPN), four Clare PPN plenary meetings per year and the occasional pillar group meeting. Feedback after each LCDC meeting will also be required.  Clare PPN is now in a position to provide significant support for anyone who decides to take on this rewarding position.

The LCDC is very important (see below) and needs a strong voice from the community & voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors in the county.

For a nomination form please contact: admin@clareppn.ie

Nominations close at 5.30pm on Friday 7th June 


Aim of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC):

  • Have primary responsibility for co-ordination, governance, planning and oversight of local development spend, whether that spend is delivered by local authorities or on behalf of the state by other local development agencies and structures
  • Bring a more coherent approach to the implementation of local and community development programmes and interventions, seeking to ensure an integrated approach to local community and local development services between providers and delivery structures
  • Drive meaningful citizen and community engagement in the scoping, planning, delivery and evaluation of local and community development programmes
  • Ensure a more efficient administration of local and community programmes and delivery structures, the appropriate matching of resources to priorities and the achievement of value-for-money in the delivery and governance of programmes and the management of local delivery arrangements
  • Develop approaches that focus on learning and feedback, enhancing the links between practice and policy development
  • Explore and pursue opportunities for additional funding resources for the area, whether Exchequer, EU, private or other sources
  • Overseeing the 6 year long Local Economic and Community Plan