Nominations have been extended to 5pm, Friday 3rd August.
Clare Public Participation Network gives notice of its intention to conduct an election from among its membership for the following position which has become vacant:
Killaloe Municipal District Secretariat Member.
Clare PPN is managed by a board known as the Secretariat. This secretariat is responsible for running the Public Participation Network in Clare between plenary meetings where the member groups’ views and input are sought.
Clare PPN has two part time staff and an annual budget of €80,000 per year in funding which is provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Clare County Council.
The secretariat which is a flat structure meets four to six times per year with those meetings usually taking place in Ennis County Clare. The successful candidate will also be required to attend events and meetings organised by the PPN itself for the purposes of consulting with our member groups.
The ideal candidate will be a person who is well connected with community groups in the area and someone who has a genuine interest in increasing participation by local groups in Local Government Structures.
Current Municipal Districts of County Clare
Election Rules and Process
- Only groups who were members of Clare PPN on Friday, 20th July 2018 are eligible to vote in this election.
- Only groups with addresses in Killaloe Municipal District may nominate or vote for that Secretariat seat.
- Each member group may nominate one candidate and may cast one vote in the relevant election – it is each group’s named contact person’s responsibility to consult with their own members in regard to this.
If any group is uncertain about which Municipal District they belong to they can contact us on 087 1617375 or by email to email@example.com
How to nominate a candidate:
Nominations have been extended to 5pm, Friday 3rd August.
Groups wishing to nominate a candidate must seek their consent first and then send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Name of Community Group
- Clare PPN membership number (if you are unsure of this please email: email@example.com)
- Name of proposed nominee.
- Contact details of proposed nominee.
- A short paragraph (up to 200 words) detailing the nominees’ suitability and experience for the role- this will be shared on social media and on our website in advance of voting.
- A photo of your nominee which we may share with our members and social media followers.
Clare PPN will confirm receipt of nominations by email.
How to vote:
Following the close of nominations, Clare PPN will circulate details of candidates to eligible members and share them online and voting will be open until 5pm on Friday, 10th August. Voting will be by online survey. You must quote your Clare PPN membership number when voting. The name of the successful candidate will then be announced.
NB: Even if you have nominated a candidate you will also need to cast your vote to support their election.
If you have any questions about the election or Clare PPN in general please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notice regarding Clare PPN representatives contesting local, general or EU elections
In advance of next year’s local elections the Secretariat of Clare Public Participation Network wishes to set out the procedure and guidelines it will be following should any of those who hold representative positions for the PPN decide to contest Local, Oireachtas, or EU elections.
About Clare PPN:
Clare Public Participation Network (PPN) is open to community, voluntary, social inclusion and environmental groups based in the County. The primary function of the PPN is to allow these groups to give input and have their voices heard within the formal decision making structures of Clare County Council. The PPN is now the main way that Clare County Council connects with groups active in the county. Whenever the local authority needs people to participate in consultations or sit on the committees that form policies it will call on the PPN to select these people by holding elections from within its membership. The PPN’s role is to ensure that community groups have their own platform which is separate to those held by Councillors, TDs ,Senators, and MEPs.
Clare PPN respects every person’s right to enter electoral politics and commends those willing to step forward and work on behalf of their communities within conventional electoral politics. Clare PPN advises however, that should any person who holds a representative seat on behalf of the member groups of Clare PPN decide to contest a seat at Local, Oireachtas or EU level they will be required to step down from their PPN held position and that an election will be held within the PPN to replace them on the board or committee which they sit. This will apply from the point at which any PPN representative publicly declares their intention to contest an official local, Oireachtas or EU election.
This is in line with the national PPN User Guide as updated in March 2017 which states the following:
‘PPN representation is based in volunteer led organisations and, as such, is a separate process from Government Politics e.g. TDs, MEPs, Senators, Councillors etc. Thus:
- Elected representatives of Local Authorities, Oireachtas members or MEPs cannot be nominated through this process.
- If anyone nominated through this process subsequently decides to enter electoral politics, they must immediately resign their PPN representative role.
- A person who has stood for election or been co-opted or who has been an elected representative on any level of government (local, national or MEP) may not be chosen to represent the PPN on any representative role for one year after the date of the election or after completing their term of office.’
The Secretariat of Clare PPN is most grateful for the time, commitment and expertise that all its voluntary representatives bring to their positions and should any of them chose to enter electoral politics we wish them the very best of luck and are sure they will contribute greatly to their communities as they have done within Clare PPN.
Please click here to view the Clare PPN work report April to June 2018
Work report for Clare PPN April to June 2018
If you have any comments or suggestions please contact email@example.com
Please click here to find the Clare PPN work report for January to March 2018
Work report for Clare PPN January to March 2018
We hope you find this informative. The work report for April to June will be uploaded in July. If you have any questions or comments please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare PPN Strategic Plan 2018- 2021
A strategic plan is what we use to steer the organisation- so it doesn’t list every task or event or action we might carry out on a week to week basis. Details and particular activities are included in our annual work plan which we work out each year after our plenary meetings. This longer term strategic plan helps us to make sure we have a clear vision and mission statement so we can ensure that we are concentrating on our remit and responsibilities as a public participation network.
You can read our plan here: Strategic plan
The results of the recent Clare PPN Representatives elections were revealed at our plenary meeting on 14th June 2018
Congratulations to Ann Marie Flanagan who has been elected to represent the Social Inclusion Groups of Clare PPN on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee.
Congratulations also to Trudy Leyden who has been elected to represent the Community and Voluntary Groups of Clare PPN on Clare County Council’s Social Development Strategic Policy Committee which deals with housing culture and sports.
We thank all the candidates who stood for election and everyone who voted and we look forward to working with both newly elected representatives.