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

LCDC publishes Clare Survey findings

LCDC publishes Clare Survey findings

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The Clare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) has published findings of a new survey of more than 1,000 adults across Clare focusing on the county’s health, well-being and quality of life.

The Clare Survey, a strategic action of the Local Economic and Community Plan, will be used by Clare County Council to strengthen national funding applications such as the Rural and Urban Regeneration Funds and to direct resources to those areas of the county most in need.  The survey will also be utilised as a benchmark to measure progress for strategies such as Local Economic and Community Plan and the Healthy Clare Strategy.  Clare County Council says the localised information contained in the survey results will complement data available under the Census and the Survey of Income and Living Conditions.

The survey, which was conducted by independent market research agency Behaviour and Attitudes Ltd. in late 2018, explored topics such as Education, Employment Status, Health & Well-being, Attitudes to Mental Health, Social Engagement, Technology and Transport.

The Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is a subcommittee of Clare County Council and includes representatives from Clare Public Participation Network, local state agencies, the community voluntary sector as well as other local development and interest groups. The LCDC has prepared and oversees the implementation of the community elements of the Local Economic and Community Development Plan (LECP) which is a 6 year strategy for the county. The committee also developed the Healthy Clare Strategy and manages the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) for Clare.  In addition funding programmes such as the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Community Enhancement Programme are overseen by the LCDC committee.

Clare Public Participation Network Submission to Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice & Equality – Direct Provision & The International Protection Process

Clare Public Participation Network Submission to Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice & Equality – Direct Provision & The International Protection Process

 

Below, please find Clare Public Participation Network’s Submission for the consideration of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice & Equality in respect of Ireland’s system of reception and processing of claims for international protection and of the direct provision system currently in use.

Click here to read the submission:  International Protection Submission Clare PPN

Clare PPN is a network of 287 community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups based in County Clare. It exists to facilitate the formal participation by the community sector in Clare County Council’s decision making structures and in national and EU consultations where appropriate. It is funded jointly by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Clare County Council but is autonomous and its activities are directed by its members through an elected secretariat.

At Clare PPN’s plenary meetings which are the decision making fora for the network, delegates have on three successive occasions (twice in 2018 and again in 2019) adopted a position of opposition to the system of Direct Provision being used for those seeking international protection in Ireland. They have taken this position on the basis that direct provision is contrary to the best interests of all of those who are accommodated, in particular children and vulnerable adults and that the enforced segregation and dependency created within the system is detrimental to community cohesion and rural development. Our member groups include people seeking international protection in Ireland themselves, as well as organisations working directly with refugees & international protection applicants. Clare PPN itself has worked with international protection applicants from Knockalisheen and from The King Thomond Direct Provision Centres in Clare on numerous occasions and have benefitted from their input to our activities.

We welcome the opportunity to make this submission and hope that by lending our organisation’s voice and experience to this national issue that we can help the government realise the actions that need to be taken to end the system of direct provision which is currently in crisis and worsening.

 

Join our Big Hello- Clare Intercultural Picnic

 Care PPN, Clare Immigrant Support Centre and Clare Women’s Network invite you to  

  The Big Hello Intercultural Picnic

   Saturday May 4th 2019 2pm – 4.30 Pm Clare PPN Offices, Clonroad Business Park, Clonroad, Ennis.

We extend an invitation to people from Clare, and to people living in Clare from anywhere… so whether you are from Bodyke or Bangalore, Cork or Colombia, from Limerick or Latvia, from Scarrif or South Africa consider yourself invited. We will have vegetarian food from Moonbear Catering, Moroccan food from Laila, henna tattoos and entertainment. And while we are calling it a picnic we have indoor spaces in case it rains!

We want to invite people from all the diverse communities that make up the Clare population to get together and meet us and learn about what our organisations do and how you can be involved and what better way for us to do this than to get together and share food and enjoy ourselves on this holiday weekend.  Our venue is accessible and children are more than welcome in the company of their parents or adult guardians.

Please feel free to bring food or drink from your country to share.

Please get in touch if you have any special requirements for attending and we’ll do our very best to help call or text us on 087 1617375 or email admin@clareppn.ie

We’d also appreciate it if you could call or text to let us know you are attending so we can make sure we have enough food and treats!

Voting Local… 

Did you know that everyone living in Clare since September 2018 is entitled to vote in the forthcoming local elections?  At our Big Hello Multicultural Picnic we will have a voter registration stand so that anyone who needs to register to vote in the local elections which will take place on May 24th can do so. If you’d like to register just bring along some photo ID and proof of address. For people in the international protection system your ID number and blue card is all you need.

Local Election Hustings – meet the candidate and voter registration events

Meet the Candidate and Voter Registration Events

Clare Public Participation Network Press Release

Clare PPN ‘Hustings’: Meet the Candidates & Voter Registration Events

Clare PPN is delighted to be hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates & Voter Registration’ event in each Electoral Area in Clare County Clare in the run up to the 2019 Local Elections. Candidates are invited to address their voters and those attending will be given the opportunity to have their questions answered by the candidates. These events will be MC’d by Peter O’Connell Editor of the Clare Champion, Gloria Callinan of Clare Local Development Company, Fiona McGarry of Clare FM’s Morning Focus programme and Christy Sinclair Secretariat Member of Clare PPN.

At each of these five events Clare PPN in collaboration with An Garda Siochana, will also be hosting a one-stop shop for voter registration where people will be assisted to register for the supplementary register of electors if they are not already registered to vote. This is important for young people, in particular those who have turned 18 or will turn 18 on or before 24th May 2019. All of those who will be 18 or over at the time of the election are eligible to vote so long as they get on the register in time.

Clare PPN would also like to make sure that those who have migrated to Ireland from other countries are aware that they can vote in local government elections regardless of their citizenship so long as they are on the register or the supplementary register and we would like to extend a particular welcome to people from all backgrounds, countries and ethnicities to attend these events and take the opportunity to get even more involved in how the communities they live in are governed.

Anyone concerned should check the register at www.checktheregister.ie to see if they are registered and if not they need to fill in form RFA2 (https://www.checktheregister.ie/PublicPages/AppForms.aspx ) and bring it and photo ID and proof of address to their local Garda Station and have it stamped and return it to Clare County Council before the cut-off point of May 7th 2019.

 

Or else they can just attend one of the five events listed below and bring their ID and proof of address  with them and we’ll get their registration in order for them with the help of our community Guards.

So come along, inform and be informed!!!

The dates are as follows:

• Killaloe Municipal District: 23rd April @ 7pm, Kilkishen Cultural Centre

• Kilrush Electoral Area: 24th April @ 7pm, An Teach Cheoil, Kilrush

• Shannon Municipal District: 25th April @ 7pm, Shannon Oakwood Hotel

• Ennis Municipal District: 26th April @ 8pm, Cloughleigh Community Centre

• Ennistymon Electoral Area: 30th April @ 7pm, The Falls Hotel

If you have any questions/comments please do not hesitate to email: admin@clareppn.ie