Want to provide some administrative support to Clare PPN?

Clare PPN is seeking expressions of interest for the provision of administrative support services:

Clare PPN is a network of community and voluntary groups in County Clare and is seeking expressions of interest for an administrative support contract from now until December 2017.

We require administrative and other services approximately 2 days per week until year end.

Skills required:

  • High level of computer literacy.
  • Accounting/bookkeeping for a small organisation.
  • Communications- online, newsletter and direct telephone contact.
  • Managing databases.
  • Must be familiar with data protection good practice.


The successful person should be a self-starter with a friendly, positive manner and have a high level of spoken and written English. They must have skills in accounting or bookkeeping for small organisations.  They should be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in all of the above and be of good character and must be available on a flexible basis for between 14 and 20 days up to December 2017.  Clare PPN can offer flexibility as regards the schedule of days which the contractor will work and flexibility about the place of work.   Clare PPN is an equal opportunities organisation and welcomes expressions of interest from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities who meet the skill requirements.  This contract will be offered on a self employed basis.


How to submit an expression of interest:

Please email info@clareppn.ie on or before Thursday 19thOctober 2017 with  following information:

  • Please detail how you meet the skill requirements listed above.
  • A brief summary of previous experience.
  • Your price per day for this contract- for the purposes of this contract a ‘day’ is understood to comprise of 7.5 working hours. Please ensure that your quote includes VAT if it applies to you or your business.
  • Contact details for two referees for whom you have carried out similar work.

Please feel free to give Sarah a call on 087-1617375 during office hours if you have any questions about this contract.

You can find out more about Clare PPN here www.clareppn.ie

National Conference for PPN members to take place in Sligo on October 19th 2017



The first National PPN Conference will be held on Thursday 19th October 2017 in the Clayton Hotel, Sligo.  It is being hosted by Sligo PPN in conjunction with the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD).

Who should attend?

The Conference is targeted at PPN Secretariats, PPN Members, Resource Workers, Volunteers, Elected Members, Local Authority staff supporting the PPN structure, Partnership / Local Development Companies and LCDCs.


Development of PPNs; Statements of Wellbeing; Developing Policies and Models of Best Practice.  The Conference will also provide excellent opportunities for networking and reviewing the strengths, challenges, opportunities and threats encountered to date. 

Conference Programme / Speakers

The conference will focus on the progression of PPNs at local and national level, how they can influence policy, develop collaborations between PPNs and Local Government and strategising and building for the future. 

There will be input from the DRCD, breakout sessions giving voice to individual input on issues around Social, Economic, Democratic and Environmental themes and an overview of PPN Models of Best Practice. 

Inspirational guest speakers on the day will include Mr John Lonergan, Former Prison Governor and Management Expert; Mr Michael Ewing, Co-ordinator of the Environmental Pillar. 



 To encourage participation and access there is no conference fee applying  


Queries to Sligo PPN Office on 071 9114430; e-mail:ppn@sligococo.ie


Clare PPN announces a new mediation service for community groups 

Clare PPN announces a new mediation service for community groups 

Press Release: October 4th 2017

Clare PPN announces a new mediation service for community groups 

Clare Public Participation Network is delighted to announce the launch of its mediation service which will be available to Community and Voluntary Groups in County Clare. October 7th – 14th is national Mediation Awareness Week in Ireland and Clare PPN wishes to draw communities’ attention to the fact that this useful method of resolving difficulties is now available to them in the county.

Mediation is a process where a trained, neutral ‘mediator’ helps people involved in disputes or disagreements to resolve them. The process is confidential and is only offered in situations where all parties to a dispute wish to engage in mediation.  Over the spring and summer this year seven members of Clare PPN undertook an intensive training programme in mediation skills and completed their assessment successfully. These seven mediators who come from a range of backgrounds are now available to provide fully confidential mediation to member groups of Clare PPN.

Sharon Meaney of Clare Volunteer Centre who is one of the newly qualified mediators said ‘Undertaking this training was a great opportunity for us and for the whole community and voluntary sector in Clare. There are now seven people who are already involved in their own communities and groups who have a new skill and resource to contribute to the whole community.’ 

Marie Therese Carroll of Clare PPN’s Secretariat said ‘this project which is the first of its kind by any Public Participation Network is one which should provide a lasting benefit in the county. In rural areas people have always had to work together for progress and this is particularly relevant now when community groups are coming under pressure both from rural depopulation and from the increasing bureaucratic requirements they face in going about their work. Mediation is a tool that can help people to work together well and to sustain working relationships over the long term and will be a great advantage to any organisation or group that are experiencing difficulties or want help to see their way forward from a place of conflict.’

Each of the 7 mediators will be available for 2 sessions each per year and these sessions will be available free of charge to members of the PPN. The group that requires the mediation will be asked to pay the out of pocket expenses for the mediators who will work in pairs.

Inquiries about mediation or anything to do with Clare PPN can be directed to sarah@clareppn.ie or 087 1617375.


Notes for editors:

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 Rural and Community 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/

Report from Sarah Clancy on meeting of the Local Traveller Consultative Committee meeting of 19th September 2017

Report from Sarah Clancy Clare PPN’s representative on Clare County Council’s Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee of meeting of September 19th 2017

Chair Mike McKee welcomed Siobhan Mulcahy to the role of representing Clare County Council’s Social Development Directorate on the LTACC. Siobhan took over from Sean Lenihan who has been moved.

Several actions which had been discussed at previous meetings were again discussed here and decisions were made as follows:

Traveller Needs Analysis:  It was agreed by the LTACC that Sarah Clancy should investigate how Traveller Needs Analysis for other counties were carried out and at what cost. Following this she will report back via email to the chair and Siobhan Mulcahy and they will see if funding can be allocated or sourced elsewhere for this work to be carried out.  The purpose of this project would be to make contact with all Travellers in Clare and to consult them as to their current and future housing needs and preferences and to ensure that all of those who are seeking accommodation from the Local Authority have applied through the correct channels in order to be considered for it and if not that they would be assisted to do so.

Sanitation for Roadside Sites: It was decided that the community, Traveller and Councillor representatives on this committee would once again make a request by letter to the CE of Clare County Council Pat Dowling, that provisions should be made for sanitation, waste disposal and electricity for Travellers currently living in unofficial sites around the county with particular reference to the onset of winter. Cllr Mike McKee is to draft this letter with the assistance of Bernie McDonagh.

It was decided that Sarah Clancy would write to the new traveller led Approved Housing Body CENA and invite them to present to Clare LTACC.

It was noted that due to the current market, relying on the private sector to provide housing for the Traveller community is not feasible or likely to be successful and on that basis it was agreed that a discussion about the possibility of using ethnic identifiers for Travellers applying for housing and the possibility of investigating whether a ‘positive discrimination’ approach where approved housing bodies working with Clare County Council could be requested/required and funded to provide Traveller specific or quotas for Travellers should take place at the next meeting.


The next meeting was scheduled for November 7th.