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 sarah@clareppn.ie 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)

Meetings

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Clare PPN’s Submission to the New Rural Development Strategy 2017- 2028

Submission from Clare Public Participation Network to the Draft Rural Development Strategy 2017- 2028

Clare PPN made a general submission to the Council’s new Draft Rural Development Strategy 2017 – 2028 and it is here in full for those who wish to read it. Whilst it is up to our members themselves to make specific submissions about projects in their own areas this submission was intended to ensure that some of the general priorities Clare PPN agreed at its plenary meeting were named in the new strategy.

Dear Director,

Please find attached a list of items that Clare PPN would like to have named and detailed in the new rural development strategy for County Clare.  As you know Clare PPN is a network of more than 200 community groups and these groups may take the opportunity to make separate, specific or project based submissions to this process themselves.  Clare PPN as a network is committed to and recognises the importance of the protection of the human rights of people in the county and their livelihoods, the protection of the heritage, environment and landscape, and the necessity for all people within the community to be recognised and supported and these recommendations for inclusion in the Rural Development Strategy aim to ensure that these values will be highlighted and considered in all decision making. Clare PPN is committed to the sustainable economic and social development of Clare’s rural communities and welcomes this strategy. We will continue to participate in the process and make suggestions through our representative Christy Sinclair.  We would much obliged if you would take these suggestions on board,

Christy Sinclair

Clare PPN Representative on the Rural Development Forum.

C/O Clare Public Participation Network

Unit One Westgate Business Park,

Kilrush Road,

Ennis.

Phone: 087 1617375

Email: sarah@clareppn.ie

Recommendations :

  • All actions within this strategy will recognise housing as a human right and will seek to ensure that this right is realised for the people of Clare with particular attention to the urgent need for culturally appropriate accommodation for the ethnic minority Traveller community, for those escaping situations of domestic violence and those in emergency accommodation or facing homelessness.
  • Clare County Council, in conjunction with the relevant agencies and organisations, will ensure that the people of Clare and the rural communities where they live will have access to the services and facilities required to live sustainably, including access to employment, education, training and medical care.
  • All actions within this strategy will, in consultation with people who have disabilities, seek the progressive realisation of all the rights which are codified in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • All actions within this strategy will recognise the immediate threat posed by Climate Change and will seek to ensure that all developments or actions undertaken as part of this strategy will seek to mitigate climate change.
  • All actions within this strategy will take the provisions of the Aarhus convention on public participation into account and ensure public participation is resourced and supported by all agencies and groups involved.
  • This strategy recognises that issues in the surrounding counties and at sea may impact on the people or environment of County Clare and will include a commitment on the part of the Local Authority to monitor such developments and take any actions available to them to ensure that the environment, health and interests of the diverse people of Clare are protected.
  • This strategy will recognise, celebrate and avail of the resources from the diverse communities who live in the county.
  • Clare County Council should take responsibility for circulating all information regarding local, national and international opportunities for community groups to access funding opportunities in as timely a fashion as possible. Clare PPN suggests that they should dedicate an area of their website to this function and undertake to circulate a newsletter or other communication periodically.

 

 

 

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.

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Video workshops on Climate Economics, Sustainable Energy Communities and Food Sovereignty

On November 27th 2016 Clare PPN held its first ‘GreenShoots Gathering’  in the Glor Theatre in Ennis.

The day included talks, networking, a film screening and some great workshops which we had filmed. If you missed them you can watch them here:

Emanuela Russo runs Leaf and Root Community Supported Agriculture Project in County Galway and is the Coordinator of the Nyeleni Europe food sovereignty newsletter http://nyelenieurope.net/

Professor Terrence Mc Donough is Professor Emeritus of Economics from the National University of Ireland Galway and his own work can be found on his website here http://terrencemcdonough.ie/

Dr Orla Nic Suibhne of UCD  is carrying out research on Sustainable Energy Communities in Erris County Mayo and for the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

 

Notice of Election – Fisheries Local Action Group requires a board member from Clare PPN

28th September 2016 Notice of Election

Clare PPN has been invited to elect a person to the board of Fisheries Local Action Group West (FLAG West)

What is FLAG West?

FLAG stands for Fisheries Local Action Group and these are community led local development organisations which aim to place the community living in fisheries and aquaculture dependent areas at their centre. Groups of people representing defined geographical areas in the form of Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) are charged with identifying the challenges to development in their own communities and developing initiatives to address these challenges. Through Local Development Strategies (LDSs), FLAG’s seek to facilitate participation by all parties who wish to contribute to this process,
thus ensuring that each LDS is as representative of the community view as possible. The FLAG group will have the ability to distribute and allocate funding to various projects which are identified under each LDS.

A briefing document about the purpose and remit of FLAG groups is attached here:

FLAGS

A factsheet about FLAG West can be found at this link:

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/cms/farnet/flagsheet/flag-factsheet-ireland-west-ireland

 

Interested candidates may also e-mail Mr Seamus Breathnach, FLAG West Co-ordinator for more details of the role at breathnach@bim.ie  or call him on 095 32028 / 087 9093273

Person Specification:

This person must live in one of the coastal areas of County Clare and it would be beneficial if they have been active in community development in coastal areas, with candidates who have experience of marine and coastal tourism, environment, or fishing being most welcome. A female candidate is preferred due to the current gender balance of the board.

The role has a three year term with approximately 4- 6 meetings taking place per year and basic travel and subsistence expenses will be paid by FLAG west to the nominee. As well as a briefing by the organisation’s chair there will be training provided to the successful candidate on an ongoing basis.

How to Nominate a Candidate:

  • Current Member groups of Clare PPN who meet the membership criteria can nominate one person each – we recommend that each group’s contact person makes their members aware of this election and seeks their input.
  • The person nominated must also be a member of a group which is a member of Clare PPN.
  • The person nominated must live in a coastal region of the county and must have agreed to their own nomination.

We need you to send the name, group, address and contact details of the nominee as well as the proposer’s name, group and contact details to me sarah@clareppn.ie along with a brief description of the nominee’s suitability for the role- no more than 200 words.

Please be aware this information about the nominee will be shared throughout our network and on social media so please ask for the nominee’s consent before sending.

Nominations must be submitted on or before October 10th after which all candidate details will be circulated to members and they will be asked to vote by email for the candidate of their choice with a cut off date for voting of Wednesday 19th of October 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Limerick Consultation Meeting for the National Drugs Strategy 2017

Clare PPN would like to draw your attention to the fact that a new consultation period to allow people and organisations to contribute to the National Drugs Strategy for 2017 was launched on September 6th and will end on October 18th 2016.

This period will include a series of regional public meetings where attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Minister of State Catherine Byrne, and to make submissions to the strategy. The closest meeting for Clare people will take place in Limerick’s Strand Hotel on Wednesday 14th of September 2016 from 2- 5 pm

To register and secure your placefor representative(s) of your organisation, please RSVPto fiona.curranlonergan@rpsgroup.com by 5pm on Thursday 8th September, 2016, or before.

More info on meetings:

Mr John Carr (Chair of the National Drugs Strategy Steering Committee), Ms. Susan Scally (Principal Officer, Drugs Policy Unit)and a number of guest speakers (including service users) will address participants. There will be opportunity for interactive discussionon the existing strategy and the issues participants think are important to inform the new strategy. All feedback received, during the consultation process and including feedback received during these events will be collated into a Public Consultation Report for the Department of Health. Participants at the events will be invited and encouraged to make a submission during the public consultation period.

More info on consultation period:

http://health.gov.ie/blog/press-release/minister-catherine-byrne-td-announces-a-public-consultation-on-the-new-national-drugs-strategy/