Notice of Election – Call for nominations for representatives to sit on the National Advisory Forum for Public Participation Networks in Ireland

Call for nominations for National Advisory Forum  June 8th 2017.

Notice of election on June 29th* Call for nominations on or before June 16th at 5pm 

Clare PPN has been invited to nominate one person from each of our colleges (Environmental, Social Inclusion, Community and Voluntary) to sit on the National Advisory Forum for Public Participation Networks in Ireland. Every PPN in Ireland is invited to put forward three nominees and three people will eventually be selected from the whole country to sit on the forum.

This forum will meet a minimum of four times per year and those meetings will take place in Dublin. Representatives will be paid civil service level expenses but will not receive any other payment. The forum will work to strengthen the PPN’s nationally and to develop policies for them. More information is provided for potential nominees at the foot of this page.

All member groups are invited to give us their nominations on or before Friday 16th June at 5pm 

Who is eligible for nomination?

  1. All nominees must be in a group that is a member of Clare PPN.
  2. Each group can only nominate one person for one college – eg environmental groups can only nominate a person for the environmental college and so on.
  3. Nominees must consent to their own nomination- it is the responsibility of the group who nominates them to ensure this.

How can your group nominate someone?

Contact your nominee and ask for their permission and get them to send you a short biography – a few lines about their interests and experience and their contact details and then e-mail before the 16th June at 5pm with the following information- 

  1. Your name and contact number
  2. Name of your group
  3. Name of the person you are nominating and name of the group they are a member of
  4. Contact details and short biography of the person you are nominating

*If there is more than one nominee in each category we will hold an election by email with close of voting taking place on June 29th. Once nominations are closed the details of nominees in each college will be circulated to members of that college along with a call for votes. Each member group will have one vote.

Information for prospective nominees

The timeframe involved

It is proposed that the members of the new Advisory Group would meet for the first time in September/October 2017. 

The term of office of the Advisory Group

The members of the new Advisory Group would each be appointed for a period of 3 years

(September/October 2017 – August 2020)


The National Advisory Group will meet at least four times in a full year, typically once a quarter. For convenience purposes meetings meetings to date of the Group have been held in the Custom House,  Dublin 1 which is located next to national rail, bus and Luas services. It is expected that this venue will continue to serve for meeting of the new group.

Agenda and minutes are circulated to members within two weeks of a meeting.

Additional meetings may be organised as and when required.

Travelling & Subsistence.

Current Civil Service rates apply to travel and subsistence expenses incurred by members of the National PPN Advisory Group travelling to and from meetings. It is Departmental policy that public transport should be used wherever possible if it is deemed necessary to travel for meeting purposes.  Members should only use their cars to travel to and from meetings in where no suitable public transport (e.g., train or bus) is available

Purpose and Objectives of the National PPN Advisory Group

The National Advisory Group’s role will be to advise and support the Department in the development and operation of the PPNs. In that the Advisory Group will

  1. Develop key performance indicators for PPNs and Local Authorities in conjunction with the Department.
  2. Analyse and discuss local progress and liaise with DHPCLG on addressing priority issues identified.
  3. Monitor progress on the development and implementation of PPNs across the country to ensure consistency of implementation across local authority areas.
  4. Where inconsistencies are identified, make proposals on how these issues can be resolved.






Transport for All Event from Clare Leader Forum May 26th 10.30 Temple Gate Hotel

Transport for All
Clare Leader Forum in Partnership with Clare Citizens Information Centre

Temple Gate Hotel, 26th May 2017, 10.30am – 1.30pm

10.30am Welcome, Dermot Hayes

10.45am Transport in Perspective, Martin Tobin

10.55am Accessible Local Travel Options, Clare Bus

11.15am Knowing your Transport Entitlements, Citizens Information Centre

11.35pm Break
11.45am Transport for Independent Living, Clare Brothers of Charity

12.00pm Accessible Air Travel, Shannon Airport

12.20pm A User’s Perspective:
– Padraic Hayes
– Michael Lonergan
12.40pm Accessible Bus Travel, Bus Eireann

12.55pm Q&A

13.30pm Close




People with Disabilities are coming together on May 26th to highlight their continual exclusion from society
through lack of accessible transport options.


On the 26th of May, we people with disabilities in association with the Clare Citizens Information Centre, will come together to highlight the inaccessibility of the Irish transport network. This year we have been promised by the Irish government that our human rights will finally be recognised through ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability. Some 25 years after the introduction of Independent Living in Ireland we question the progress we have made when our basic access to society is still severely restricted through an outdated and inaccessible transport network.


On Friday May 26th, the Clare Leader Forum who work, with the support of the Center for Independent Living (CIL), to provide an independent voice on disability issues, are encouraging all people with disabilities to come together and highlight this growing issue. Dermot Hayes, who is a representative of the Forum, believes that this meeting is vital as “Equality for all when it comes to accessing publicly funded accessible transport is an issue for many people in county Clare and beyond. Because of our limited income, we, as people with disabilities, cannot continually afford to access private transport. We are very reliant on public services and the truth is they are far from adequate”.


Padraic Hayes, Chairperson of the Clare Leader Forum, is calling on the Minister for Transport to “help ease the isolation and loneliness people with disabilities are experiencing daily – people have become prisoners in their own homes and the state has an obligation to address this”. Although the Forum recognises that progress has been made in the last 25 years there are still major improvements to be made and for this to happen the government need to listen to the issues people are experiencing. The reality is that ‘’getting out of home independently of one’s family is impossible, to meet up with friends, go looking for a job or socialising is just not an option.’’


The Clare Leader Forum are calling on all people with disabilities, their supporters, families and friends to come together on the 26th of May, in the Temple Gate Hotel Ennis from 10.30 to 2pm.Several keynote speakers will be available on the day including representatives from the Brothers of Charity, Clare Bus, Shannon Airport, and Bus Eireann.

Everyone is welcome on the day and if you would like any further information or have any specific requirements for the day please contact Dermot Hayes on 086 1731955.



Clare PPN’s Social inclusion college taking action on its commitment to housing as a human right

Clare PPN’s letter to Councillors about the crisis for rental accommodation in the County

Ghost EstateAt Clare PPN’s Plenary Meeting on Feb 1st 2017 the members present agreed a motion to adopt a human rights approach to housing. This means that all of Clare PPN’s Representatives are mandated to engage with their various forums and committees from the perspective that every human has a right to adequate housing. As the situation for housing in Ireland and in Clare has become more and more critical the Social Inclusion College and its representatives have taken various actions to draw attention to the issues. Following a meeting of the Social Inclusion College on Thursday 2nd March those who attended decided to ask Dermot Hayes who is the PPN’s representative on the Social Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) which deals with housing to call for an emergency to be declared in the county. The reasoning for this was that it would ensure that attention was drawn to the worsening situation which those in need of housing assistance in the county found themselves. At the meeting of this SPC on March 7th Dermot was not successful in having his suggestion taken on board by the SPC. Following this it was decided by the Social Inclusion Representatives on Clare PPN Secretariat, on the Social Development SPC, on the Local Community Development Committee and on the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee that Clare PPN should write to all the Councillors in County Clare and ask for their ideas and suggestions on dealing with the issues. Clare PPN wrote to all Councillors on Friday May 12th and Clare PPN awaits their responses. A similar letter will be sent to TDs and Senators also.

Below is a copy of the letter which was sent to each elected Councillor

Clare Public Participation Network

Unit 1 Westgate Business Park,

Kilrush Road,




Dear Councillor

I am writing to you on behalf of Clare Public Participation Network’s Social Inclusion College to ask you to share your ideas and suggestions for addressing the current housing crisis in Clare. The Social Inclusion College is a grouping of those of our member groups who work to redress poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation in the County.  These community groups have become extremely concerned by the housing situation in Clare where there are 2505 households on the housing waiting list and where there have been no social houses completed since 2015. The Social Inclusion College is aware of the plans to develop social housing projects in several areas of Clare with Approved Housing Bodies and in Private Public Partnerships and of Clare County Council’s attempts to purchase and lease vacant houses but it is already clear that even these welcome efforts will not address the extent of the crisis that currently exists not to mind the situation which may be in evidence by the time these developments are completed.  The Social Inclusion College asked me to contact all of County Clare’s elected representatives and in particular you the Councillors, because it was felt that very often it is Councillors who are in direct contact with those in need of housing.

Clare PPN Social Inclusion College is extremely concerned at the effects of national policy directives which depend on the private rental sector to ameliorate the housing crisis. In Clare the figures are stark, on today’s date (12/5/17) there are a total of 70 properties available on for private rental in the County. It is the current situation that most of those presenting with housing needs in the County are now being directed towards the Housing Assistance Payment Scheme (HAP) which relies on a supply of private rental accommodation being available and it is clear that there is not anywhere near a sufficient supply of properties available for long term rental in the county to ensure that people and families have access to secure homes. At the current maximum rate of HAP Payment there are a total of 20 properties available in the County.

Clare PPN Social Inclusion college acknowledges that Councillors in County Clare work very closely with people seeking housing and so we are asking you for your responses and ideas on dealing with the housing crisis so that we can let our members know how you envisage this situation being addressed and what actions you intend to take yourself or within your political party to ensure it is addressed. We would be more than happy to receive even a paragraph or some key points about this from you as we appreciate how valuable your time is.  We would be very much obliged if you would reply to us either by email to or by post to the address above. Our members intend to circulate and/or publish the responses from each Councillor, TD and Senator on Clare PPN’s Website and social media channels and so we would like to receive all responses before Monday May 29th if at all possible.

Yours on behalf of Clare PPN’s Social Inclusion College

Mary O’Donoghue,

Clare PPN Secretariat and LCDC member.

Clare PPN Membership List

Clare PPN Membership List

Clare PPN is organised in three thematic groupings called ‘Colleges’. These are:

Community and Voluntary College, Environmental College, and Social Inclusion College.  

Below is the list of our current member groups in each college. Please e-mail if you do not see your group on the list. If your group is not a member and wants to join the PPN you can do so online here  and you can read the rules for membership here


Community and Voluntary College: 

  1. Purple Flag Working Group
  2. Tubber GAA
  3. Doora Pastoral Council
  4. Ballybeg Rockmount Community Alert Group
  5. Clarecastle & Ballyea Heritage & Wildlife
  6. Clarecastle Tidy Towns
  7. Clarecastle Scouts
  8. Clarecastle Playground Committee
  9. Clarecastle Community Lotto
  10. Clare Roots Society
  11. Clarecastle Men’s Shed
  12. Meadowcourt Residents Association
  13. Clare Intercultural Network
  14. Ennis Mental Health Association
  15. C.L.G. Coiste Chontae an Chláir
  16. RESPOND Housing Association
  17. Fracking Free Clare
  18. Clarecastle Community Development Ltd
  19. Ballyalla Lake Working Group
  20. Ennis Macra na Feirme
  21. St Josephs Door Barefield GAA Club
  22. Lions Club of Ennis
  23. Clarecare
  24. Tic Toc Puppets
  25. Ennis Street Arts Festival
  26. Promote Ennis
  27. Clarecastle Village Market
  28. Kilkeedy Graveyard Conservation
  29. Kilmaley GAA Club
  30. Meitheal Kilmaley Development Co Ltd
  31. Clare Volunteer Centre
  32. Banner Ladies Gaelic Football Club
  33. Dun na hInse Resident Association
  34. Clare Garden Festival Steering Committee
  35. Clarecastle GAA
  36. Oakleigh Wood Residents Association
  37. Ennis Tidy Towns
  38. I.C.A.
  39. Maigh Dara Residents Association
  40. Castlecarraig Riding Club
  41. Eire Óg Ladies Football Club
  42. RESPOND Support, Stone Court Residents Assoc
  43. MURDAF – Clare Community Cluster
  44. Cuan an Chláir
  45. Public Banking Forum of Ireland
  46. Clare Peace Park Initiative
  47. Éire Óg Camogie Club
  48. Clare Older Peoples Council
  49. Spancilhill/Clooney Community Alert
  50. Clare Archaelogical and Historical Society
  51. Foundation Ministries
  52. Quin Text Alert Service
  53. Barefield Tidy Village
  54. Ogonnelloe Community Centre Ltd
  55. Bodyke GAA Club
  56. Bodyke Tidy Towns
  57. Fishbowl Youth
  58. Generation in Action
  59. Crusheen GAA Club
  60. Clarisford Association
  61. Kilmurry Harvest Festival
  62. Killaloe/Ballina Mens Shed
  63. O’Callaghan’s Mills GAA
  64. Ogonnelloe Hurling Club
  65. Clonlara GAA Club
  66. Tuamgraney Development Association
  67. Tulla (Clare) Reaching Out
  68. Tulla Courthouse & Community Development Ltd
  69. Tulla GAA
  70. Tulla Community Council
  71. Cullaun Sailing Club
  72. Powerscourt Residents Committee
  73. Old Forge Residents Ass.
  74. Tulla Scouts – 12th Clare
  75. Clonlara Leisure, Athletic & Sports Society Ltd
  76. Feakle Community Council
  77. Feakle Muintir na Tire
  78. Wolfe Tones na Sionna GAA Club
  79. Federation Trust
  80. Second Chance Animal Rescue Limited
  81. Clonard Riverdale Residents Association
  82. Cratloe GAA Club
  83. Cratloe Active Retirement Association
  84. Shannon Archaeological & Historical Society
  85. Rosán Bunraite Residents Association
  86. Sixmilebridge Kilmurry Mens Shed
  87. Bunratty Local Development Association
  88. Meelick GAA Club
  89. Kilavoher Community
  90. Parkville FC
  91. Newmarket on Fergus Tidy Towns
  92. 5th Clare Scout Group
  93. Newmarket on Fergus GAA Club
  94. Newmarket Handball Club
  95. Newmarket Macra na Feirme
  96. Carrigoran House
  97. Shannon Men’s Shed
  98. St Senan’s Rugby Club
  99. Shannon Hibernians AFC
  100. Shannon Tidy Towns
  101. Dúchas na Sionna
  102. Gleann an Oir Residents Association
  103. Hype Youth Group
  104. Shannon Gospel Choir
  105. The Shannon Venue Ltd
  106. Sixmilebridge GAA Club
  107. 14 Clare Scout Group
  108. Shannon Athletic Club
  109. Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre
  110. Bunratty Search and Rescue Service Ltd
  111. Newmarket on Fergus Community Centre Ltd
  112. Ballynacally Tidy Towns
  113. Clondegad GAA Club
  114. Ballyvaughan Community Development Group
  115. Kilmihil Active Retirement Association
  116. St Josephs Miltown GAA
  117. Carrigaholt Development Association Ltd
  118. The Burren Way Limited
  119. Corofin Local Development Association
  120. Corofin Tidy Towns
  121. Lisdoonvarna Failte Ltd
  122. Doonbeg Community Development Co. Ltd
  123. Doonbeg Football Club
  124. Kildysart Tidy Towns
  125. Kildysart Community Centre Committee
  126. Clouna Community Alert
  127. Ennistymon and District Community Organisation
  128. Ennistymon Tidy Towns
  129. Ennistymon Recreation & Leisure
  130. Inagh Development Ltd
  131. Ballyea Community Alert
  132. Kildysart Squash Club & Gym
  133. Kilkee Development Association
  134. Loop Head Tourism Ltd
  135. St Senan’s Kilkee GAA Club
  136. Corofin Tourism Association
  137. Kilmihil Peoples Park
  138. Kilballyowen Development Company Ltd
  139. Ennistymon GAA Football Club
  140. Seol Sionna
  141. Lissycasey Community Playground
  142. Oidhreacht an Chláir
  143. Milltown Malbay Farmers Market
  144. Miltown Malbay Tidy Town Committee
  145. Lahinch Search & Rescue Co
  146. Kildysart Community Group
  147. Linnor Harbour Association
  148. St Breckans GAA Club
  149. Ballynacally Community Alert
  150. Ballyea Hurling Club
  151. Mountshannon Tidy Towns
  152. The Gathering of Godly Worshippers
  153. Cratloe Community Council
  154. Miltown Malbay Development Company
  155. Cronan Residents Association
  156. Meelick Development Company
  157. Newmarket Village Text Alert
  158. Newmarket on Fergus Village Centre Residents Association
  159. Shannon St Patrick’s Day Parade
  160. Clare Irish Country Woman’s Association*
  161. Meelick Graveyards Committee
  162. Woodcock Hill Enhancement Committee
  163. Redeem Christian House of God
  164. Burren Animal Rescue
  165. Art in Studios
  166. Polish Irish Association
  167. Ballyea Community Group
  168. O’Brien’s Bridge Community News
  169. Lahinch Furglan Community Alert
  170. Clare Walks LTD
  171. Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club
  172. Scarriff Foroige Youth Clubs

Environmental College 

  1. Clarecastle Community Garden
  2. Energy Transition Clare
  3. Centre for Environmental Living and Training
  4. Irish Seed Savers Association
  5. Kulyana
  6. Clare Association of An Taisce
  7. Obair Environmental Ltd
  8. Burren Ecotourism Network
  9. Clare Biodiversity Limited
  10. Clare Environmental Network
  11. GIY Kilrush
  12. Shannon Wetland Restoration Project

Social Inclusion College


  1. District Day Care Centre
  2. Clare Network of NCPD
  3. Clare Crusaders Childrens Clinic
  4. Clare Citizen Information Service
  5. Clare Youth Service
  6. Society of St Vincent de Paul, Clarecastle
  7. Ennis Community Development Ltd
  8. Emotions Peer Support Centre
  9. Employability Clare
  10. Association of Nigerian Community in Co. Clare
  11. Clare Womens Network
  12. Clare Immigrant Support Centre
  13. Caring for Carers Ireland
  14. Clare Haven Services Ltd
  15. Clare Centre for Independent Living
  16. Ennis & Clare Samaritans
  17. The Society of St Vincent de Paul
  18. Clare Leader Forum
  19. Multicultural Council of Ireland
  20. Killaloe/Ballina Community & Family Resource Centre
  21. Camphill Community Mountshannon
  22. Arás Mhuire Housing Association Ltd
  23. Inis Housing Association Ltd
  24. Clare Accessible Transport
  25. NCPD – The National Council for (the Status of)People with Disabilities Ltd
  26. Brothers of Charity Clare
  27. Obair Social Inclusion Project
  28. Shannon Family Resource Centre
  29. Shannon Active Retirement Association
  30. North West Clare Family Resource Centre Ltd
  31. Inagh Housing Association Ltd
  32. West Clare Family Resource Centre
  33. West Clare Community & Education Centre Ltd
  34. Friends of Ennistymon Hospice
  35. Seeking Vision Ltd
  36. Ennis Men’s Shed
  37. Clare Housing Action Group
  38. Haven Horizons
  39. Rape Crisis Midwest

Report from Plenary Meeting on February 1st 2017

Report by secretariat member George Atijohn from Clare PPN’s first County Plenary Meeting of 2017.

The meeting started with a welcome message and a brief introduction of what Clare PPN worked on in 2016 which as well as all the routine work of running the PPN included The Green Shoots Gathering – an environmental conference which took place in the Glor Theatre Ennis and which was oversubscribed.

Green Shoots Facebook cover

The #ClareHowAreYa? well-being survey which attracted nearly 400 responses.

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Clare PPN’s collaboration with the Clare People Newspaper in publishing a special issue of the paper at Christmas which contained Proclamations written by school children from all over Clare. Clare People

Clare PPN also hosted workshops and training for its representatives and secretariat in media skills and mediation and in social media and there are plenty more such events planned for members and representatives for the year ahead.

Questions were asked by the old and new members about the activities of the Clare PPN

The following questions were asked:

  • How much budget can PPN spend on training?  The PPN’s budget was explained with members being told of the amounts which go towards salary, rent and representatives expenses and the remainder being available to fund the PPNs training, promotion and events budget.
  • Is there any tangible outcome from the PPN’s reps participation in the various SPCs that have by now been running for about two years? This question provoked some discussion- with members of the LCDC explaining that many of the changes achieved were incremental and so were difficult to account for. Clare PPN’s resource worker explained that the previous year had mostly focussed on getting everything in place and in order and that 2017 would see the focus change towards making participation as effective as possible.
  • Who controls the marketing budget within the PPN?  The  Secretariat
  • Is there a difference between pillars and colleges? No
  • What does social inclusion mean? This was explained and it was agreed to revisit the definition to ensure that this college is comprised of groups working on poverty reduction, and the active inclusion of marginalised communities.
  • Can you be members of two different groups?  Yes, but you may only be a contact person for one.


The following appointments were ratified at the plenary

  • Graham Lightfoot’s appointment to Clare PPN secretariat
  • Mary O’ Donoghue’s appointment to Clare PPN secretariat
  • Oonagh O’ Dwyer’s election to the Fisheries Local action Group.
  • Eugene Crimmins’ election to the Leader Programme Community Development and Social Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Ger O’ Halloran’s re-appointment to Clare Sports Partnership.

Members were informed about the vacant seat for the social inclusion on the secretariat, and for the new Rural Development Forum and the LTACC. It was explained that elections will be held to fill the vacant positions beginning in February.

Members of the Clare PPN present split into 3 colleges (Environment, Social Inclusion and Community and Voluntary) to deliberate on their work plan for the year ahead and the suggestions were all compiled for Clare PPN secretariat’s strategy day which takes place on Tuesday 28th Feb. It was agreed that both the environmental and social inclusion colleges would begin to meet as colleges more regularly with the environmental college’s first meeting due to take place on Feb 27th.

Finally two matters of Clare PPN’s policy were decided:

Firstly it was decided that Clare PPN would call for Ireland to ratify the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Ireland is the only country in the EU which has not ratified this convention even though we signed up to it almost ten years ago and this is now an aim of Clare PPN.

Secondly a decision was taken that Clare PPN recognises Housing as a Human Right as defined in the UN Convention on Human Rights and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and will carry out all its work on housing issues with that in mind.




Fisheries Local Action Group West- a report from Oonagh O’Dwyer

Report from the first meeting of FLAG West by Oonagh O’Dwyer

Oonagh O’Dwyer was elected to represent Clare PPN member groups on the newly formed Fisheries Local Action Group West and she recently attended their first official meeting which took place in the Maldron Hotel  Galway on Feb 8th.

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Here are her notes from that meeting:

Short report on first official Flag West   Meeting. 8th Feb. Maldron Hotel, Galway.

The Flag programme was officially launched in Dublin on the 3rd Feb however this meeting I attended was the first official Flag West one. At the meeting Mr Paddy Crowe was appointed as the Chairman.

About Flag West:

Each FLAG is responsible for delivering a strategy for their area on a devolved basis. The groups will formulate a local development strategy that identifies suitable projects that require financial or expert assistance. With the development of these strategies, there will be a call for projects from individuals and local communities.

To qualify for funding, projects must satisfy specific criteria. For example, projects must be based in coastal areas and not located more than 10kms from the sea. In addition, projects must have a clearly identifiable marine connection or provide a specific benefit to a fishing region. In many cases, beneficiaries of support will be required to be either workers in the fisheries sector or persons with a job linked to the sector.

Flag West is one of  7 Flag areas around the country and the Board consists of representatives with an interest in the regeneration and sustainability of  fisheries and aquaculture dependent communities and our flag covers the coastal areas of Clare and Galway including 10 Kilometres inland.

Flag west has 1.8 million in funding with 50% coming from EMFF . Funding is spread across 5 themes ,

1) Economic dev. Of coastal areas.

2) Promoting social well-being and coastal cultural Heritage.

3) Enabling more participative involvement in governance of fisheries.

4)Protecting and Promoting the Environment.

5) Harnessing and developing the skills and Knowledge of local coastal communities.

Applications are open now and close on the 15th March 2017. There will be a call again for grant applications later in the year. There is funding available for a diverse range of projects , subject to suitability and meeting certain criteria.

As a local Board member I am available for queries and to do my best as an ambassador for the Flag West programme. More details and on line application form at this link:,local,area,group,development,flag,2016,-,2023/


My contact is

Mobile 0876877890.