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 An out of date disabled parking permit is not acceptable and the driver may incur a parking fine.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

Vacancies for Representatives and Board Members for Clare PPN

13th February 2020 Notice of Elections 

Clare PPN has a number of vacancies for representatives to sit on the policy committees of Clare County Council and on the board ‘secretariat’ of Clare PPN itself.  If you are a contact person for one of our member groups you will receive an email from us today notifying you of which of these positions you are eligible to nominate and vote for.

We need

– two representatives for Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee, one from our Community and Voluntary Groups and one from our Environmental Groups

-two representatives to sit on Clare County Council’s Rural Development Forum one from our Social Inclusion Groups and one from our Environmental Groups

-one representative from our Community and Voluntary Groups to sit on Clare County Council’s Social Development Strategic Policy Committee 

For our ‘Secretariat’ (the board that runs Clare PPN between plenary meetings) we need

  • one representative from one of our groups based in the Ennis Municipal District
  • one representative from one of our groups based in the Shannon Municipal District
  • two representatives from our Environmental Groups
  • one representative from our Community and Voluntary Groups.

These positions are all voluntary and are open to people who are in one of Clare PPN’s member groups. We will be emailing all member groups today calling for their nominations for each role they are entitled to nominate for and following close of nominations should we have more than one candidate for any role we will hold an election from our eligible membership.  You can read the full details of each position and how to make nominations in the attachments below.

Please note the following:

  1. Representatives of Political Parties or Independent TDs, Councillors or MEPS may not hold PPN seats.
  2. Candidates for any local, national, or EU election may not hold PPN seats for one year after the date of the relevant election.
  3. People may only represent Clare PPN on one external body or committee – if you already represent Clare PPN but wish to seek a nomination for any of these roles you will be asked to vacate your existing role should you be successful. Please note PPN representatives may hold roles on Clare PPN secretariat and one external committee or body.


Clare PPN Notice of Elections Ennis MD Feb 2020

Clare PPN Notice of Elections Shannon MD Feb 2020

Clare PPN Notice of Elections Community & Voluntary Feb 2020

Clare PPN Notice of Elections Environment Feb 2020

Clare PPN Notice of Elections Social Inclusion Feb 2020




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:

The Healthy Clare Strategic Plan can be viewed at:

Not very festive notices of funding and consultation deadlines happening soon!

Every year just as community groups finish up for their Christmas break their email inboxes suddenly start filling up with vital short notice funding opportunities and really important consultations that have deadlines that could easily be missed if people are off on holidays. Well this year is no different – we apologise for clogging your inbox with non festive news, but we don’t want our groups to miss out. Please click below for some important notices with deadlines in December 2019 and January 2020.  Wishing you all the happiest of Christmas seasons.

Clare PPN Notices for members December 2019