Clare TD Lobby for Climate Action – what now?
On December 7th Clare PPN co-hosted online meetings with each of Clare’s four TDs, as part of a nationwide ’TD Lobby for Faster & Fairer Climate Action’. This ‘mass lobby’, organised by the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, has happened in previous years at a venue next to Leinster House in Dublin, but this was the first time the event took place online. This had the advantage of far more people taking part – nationally, more than 1,000 people joined Zoom calls with their local TDs, to tell them how urgent the need for radical climate action is.
We also had a great turnout here in Clare and we had very meaningful and constructive discussions with our four Dáil representatives. (The above image is from the meeting with Cathal Crowe TD.)
One of the organisers of the Clare TD lobby, Romie Cullen of Tuamgraney, was quoted in an Irish Times article about the event:
“People from our community are taking part because we’re alarmed about loopholes in the climate Bill. We’ll be asking our TDs to do everything they can to make the new climate law as strong as possible to drive the rapid and just transition we need to zero pollution. The draft Bill as it stands today is simply not good enough.”
The key demand was for TDs to sign a letter, drafted by Stop Climate Chaos, and to send it to Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan. The letter highlights concrete steps the Government can immediately take to kickstart a decade of faster and fairer climate action, including closing the glaring loopholes in the Climate Action Bill and acting urgently to cut emissions in all sectors.
By the way, the Climate Action Bill has been undergoing pre-legislative scrutiny at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action (JOCCA), which has just published its report on the Bill. You can download it here.
And Stop Climate Chaos has published its response to the Committee’s report: ‘Today’s recommendations, if accepted by Government, would greatly strengthen the draft Climate Bill‘
During the meetings with TDs, participants in Clare also raised several other issues:
• Plans for Moneypoint power station, for example, whether it can be used as part plans for offshore wind or tidal energy.
• The proposed Shannon LNG gas import terminal on the Shannon Estuary and the wider issue of the possible importation of fracked gas elsewhere in Ireland.
• Another issue raised with TDs was the lack of engagement by Clare County Council with environmental submissions made to the council by member groups of Clare Environmental Network and Clare PPN. Some of the TDs offered to help raised awareness about this problem.
The first Zoom call was with Cathal Crowe (FF), who said he would advocate against allowing the importation of fracked gas to Ireland, He also raised the issue of Irish Cement’ proposed incinerator at its plant in Mungret, Limerick, and he asked the group to lodge objections with the EPA.
Joe Carey (FG) promised to raise the urgency of strong and effective climate action with Minister Eamonn Ryan.
Violet-Anne Wynne (SF) has agreed to sign the above-mentioned letter to the three Government party leaders. At the time of writing she is the only Clare TD who has undertaken to sign the letter. The others said they would read it and consider signing it.
Our final call was with Michael McNamara (Ind). He promised to raise the issue of fracked gas imports with the government party leaders, and he suggested that he could table an amendment to the Climate Action Bill, when it comes before the Dáil next year.
All four TDs agreed to meet the group again in the new year for further discussions on climate action. Nationally, Stop Climate Chaos is awaiting developments with the Climate Action Bill – there may be further mass lobbying of TDs in late January or February.
If you would like to be involved in the group’s further discussions with our TDs, please email: clareTDlobby@gmail.com
Clare PPN’s work report from 2020
Please click on the link below to read Clare PPN’s work report which was presented to our plenary meeting on December 8th 2020.
Draft Community Wellbeing Vision Statements for County Clare:
Beginning in October 2020 Clare Public Participation Network conducted a process of creating Community Wellbeing Visions for Clare. The process involved consultation with the general public via an online survey, consultation and appraisal of the results of this survey with Clare PPN members at our October Plenary Meeting, and this was then followed by eight online meetings – two held in each of Clare’s four Municipal Districts.
Following the above three steps Clare PPN staff compiled the attached Draft Community Wellbeing Vision Statements -there are five in total with one being an overall summary which applies to County Clare as a whole and the four others each relating to one of Clare’s Municipal Districts. We are presenting these statements here in draft form and inviting our member groups to take the chance to read them and to propose any changes, additions or correct any omissions as you see fit.
These statements will be used to guide the work and priorities of Clare PPN staff and secretariat and our representatives on Committees. They will also be used along with further specific policy consultations to guide and inform submissions made by Clare PPN to local and national policies. We propose that these wellbeing vision statements will be kept as ‘open’ documents for Clare PPN and that they will be offered for consideration and review to members once per year so that we ensure they remain relevant and current.
For those who participated in our consultation process we would like to draw it to your attention that some of the very specific suggestions around actions or particular developments in the county were included in Clare PPN’s two submissions to the pre draft stage of Clare County Council’s County Development Plan. You can read those submissions here:
We are most grateful to all who participated in this worthwhile project so far and we encourage you to send any further thoughts or input to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15th 2020 after which these Community Wellbeing Visions will be deemed adopted.
Clare PPN County Level Wellbeing Vision Statement
Clare PPN Draft Wellbeing Vision Statement Ennis MD
Clare PPN Draft Wellbeing Vision Statement West Clare MD
Clare PPN Draft Wellbeing Vision Statement Killaloe MD
Clare PPN Draft Wellbeing Vision Statement Shannon MD
Notice of Plenary Meeting: December 8th 2020 at 7PM (Online)
And don’t miss our Christmas prize draw with two fabulous prizes:
Anyone from any of our member groups who attends our online Christmas Plenary will be entered in a draw for these two great prizes:
1st Prize €100.00 Voucher for Hotel Doolin which can be used for any of the services on offer there from accommodation, to the restaurant or tickets for one of the many arts and music events that are due to take place in the months ahead.
2nd Prize €50.00 voucher for The Rowan Tree Cafe Bar in Ennis where you can go out for lunch or treat someone to dinner over the Christmas season.
Clare Public Participation Network warmly invites all member groups to attend its second online Plenary Meeting which will take place on Tuesday December 8th 2020 at 7pm.
Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to email@example.com on or before Monday December 7th 2020
Only those registered in advance will receive the link to the meeting.
What is a Plenary Meeting?
Plenary meetings are the main decision making forums for Clare PPN -at these meetings all member groups are invited to attend and to put items forward for the agenda for discussion or for inclusion in the work plan of Clare PPN. At each of these meetings the staff and secretariat of Clare PPN present an update on the work, finances, and activities of the PPN from the preceding three months and present their work plan for discussion and input from member groups for the forthcoming three months.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions this Plenary Meeting will be held online via zoom. Any member or person who would like to receive training in how to use Zoom should email firstname.lastname@example.org and William Hederman will arrange a session with you to help familiarise you with how to participate using this tool. You will need a smart phone or computer and an internet connection to use zoom. If possible each member group should nominate someone who has these facilities to represent them at this Plenary Meeting.
If any group is unable to attend online please feel free to send us submissions or items for our agenda via email to email@example.com or by calling us on 087 1617375.
Call for Agenda Items:
All current member groups can propose agenda items for this meeting on or before December 3rd 2020 Please send these using the subject line ”Agenda Item Plenary Meeting” to firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare PPN’s representatives who sit on 11 boards and committees in the County will also have an opportunity to present updates from their committees and to take any questions or input from member groups at this meeting.
At the beginning of each plenary meeting we will present an introduction to the Public Participation Network in Clare for new member groups and a question and answer session will be held.
Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to email@example.com on or before Monday December 7th 2020.
Get to Grips with Governance: Clare PPN are delighted to be working with Caroline Egan from CramdenTech to offer a great free, two part training opportunity for community groups who need to get to grips with governance. The sessions will take place online via zoom from 7pm to 8.30 on Monday 30th November and Monday 7th of December.
To reserve a place on these sessions please email firstname.lastname@example.org Places are limited and participants should be available to attend both sessions.
Session 1: Monday 30th November, An Introduction to Governance, 7pm – 8.30pm
Training focuses on the key skills that all boards and committees need to master to effectively run their voluntary groups. Key topics include annual work planning, roles and responsibilities of committee members, tips for chairing meetings effectively and how to take meeting minutes.
Session 2: Monday 7th December, Governance Health Check, 7pm – 8.30pm
Training focuses on the legal responsibilities of boards and charity trustees. Key topics include Companies Registration Office and the Charities Regulation Act, compliance, communications planning, board succession planning, board member recruitment and risk management.
Caroline Egan is the Director of Cramden Tech and has worked with social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups throughout Ireland for over 12 years. Her company CramdenTECH Ltd., has been to the forefront in the development of online platforms and eLearning resources, to enable boards and managers quickly handle their corporate compliance and training needs.