March 1st 2018
Clare Public Participation Network Statement on the proposal to open a direct provision centre for asylum seekers in Lisdoonvarna
This week Clare PPN received an informal request to provide a chairperson for a public meeting between the community in Lisdoonvarna and RIA the Reception and Integration Agency which has the responsibility for the procurement and administration of state provided services for asylum seekers and refugees. RIA were responsible for the tender process which determined that the King Thomond Hotel in Lisdoonvarna was a suitable location for a direct provision centre. Following a meeting of the secretariat of Clare PPN which took place on February 27th 2018 Clare PPN turned down the invitation to chair the meeting in Lisdoonvarna which took place last night.
At Clare Public Participation Network’s plenary meeting which took place on November 30th 2017 those attending from Clare PPN’s Social Inclusion College identified ending the system of direct provision and working to support those currently living in direct provision in Clare as one of the priority areas for Clare PPN in 2018. Clare PPN secretariat decided that chairing a meeting between the community and those who wish to open a direct provision centre would compromise the position taken by its social inclusion members which committed Clare PPN to lending its support to efforts to end the system of direct provision in Ireland.
Clare PPN’s secretariat and social inclusion representatives fully recognise and agree with Ireland’s obligations to accept and support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. They furthermore consider that diversity and inward migration are beneficial to host communities and in particular to rural Ireland where populations are declining. Clare PPN secretariat and social inclusion representatives do not however consider the system of direct provision suitable for the needs of asylum seekers. They insist that system of direct provision itself is a barrier to integration, to family life and to self- sufficiency which denies those within it the opportunity to reach their potential and to live safe dignified lives. Clare PPN has previously taken action to support the resettlement of refugees in various areas in Clare and will continue to do so when the opportunity presents itself. Clare PPN will do its best within its resources to ensure that it supports and welcomes the people who come to live in direct provision in Clare and reaches out to those already living in the direct provision centre in Knocknalisheen, whilst continuing to voice its opposition to the system of direct provision which it considers an abuse of human rights and a failure of the state.
Clare PPN would further recommend that communities should be fully informed and consulted on all plans that affect them and notes that consultations with relevant stakeholders such as schools, doctors and other service providers do not appear to have taken place in Lisdoonvarna. Representatives from Clare PPN attended the meeting which took place last night in Lisdoonvarna and noted that many people attending raised concerns that could easily have been addressed through proper planning, information sharing and consultation. Clare PPN calls on RIA and the Department of Justice to act in the interests both of asylum seekers and host communities to ensure that the necessary services, staff vetting and resource provision take place before any attempt to relocate people to any area.
About Clare PPN
Clare PPN is a network of community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups from Clare. It exists to facilitate the formal participation by the community sector in Clare County Council’s decision making structures. It is funded jointly by the Department of Housing, Planning Environment Community and Local Government and Clare County Council but is independent and its activities are directed by its members through an elected secretariat.
Clare PPN’s website is www.clareppn.ie and they are on twitter @clare_ppn and https://facebook.com/clareppn/
Clare PPN Social Inclusion Secretariat member election results
The Clare PPN is delighted to congratulate Padraic Hayes on his election to the Secretariat representing the Social Inclusion Pillar.
As a young man growing up in Shannon with a physical disability Padraic became accustomed to the words “you won’t be able to do that”. When you hear those words often enough you begin to question your own ability. However as he matured Padraic gained a resilience from that doubt and has worked over the last ten years to prove his own ability and the ability of all people with disabilities.
Padraic graduated with a Masters in Marketing from Limerick Institute of Technology and has worked since then in the area of administration and finance. His real passion however lies in advocacy and he is the current Chairperson of the Clare Leader Forum, which is an independent group of people with disabilities who work to create a voice on disability issues in Clare. Padraic has helped the Forum grow from strength to strength and with his support the Clare Leader Forum has now become one of the key cross-disability representative groups in Clare. At a national level Padraic has also continued to promote the rights of people with disabilities through his work with the Center for Independent Living and more specifically through his role on the Value for Money (Transforming Lives) committee.
In a personal capacity Padraic has been an advocate for people with disabilities for a number of years and has work one-on-one to promote self-esteem and confidence where people require assistance to use their voice. As a Personal Assistance Service (PAS) user he is a Leader and strong believer in the Independent Living philosophy. Padraic is currently working to further his independence through direct payments and believes that the appropriate supports are the lifeblood of independent living and vital to any progression for people with disabilities.
Padraic is delighted to be nominated onto the Clare PPN Secretariat as he believes he has the skills and experience necessary to fulfil the role. He is passionate about ensuring the voices of all people who need support to participate fully in society are heard and looks forward to the continuing growth of the Clare Public Participation Network.
WELL DONE TO ALL CANDIDATES.
Here are the candidates for the Social Inclusion Secretariat member election (listed in alphabetical order). Well done to all candidates for putting themselves forward. There is a wealth of experience and expertise here.
How to vote:
- Send an email with the subject line Social Inclusion Election to email@example.com stating the name of your chosen candidate
- Voting is only open to Social Inclusion groups.
- Only one vote for one candidate is allowed for each Social Inclusion member group.
- You must vote even if you nominated a candidate.
- Cut-off for voting is Monday, 19th February at 5pm
- The winning candidate will announced on Monday, 19th February
Nike is a teacher by profession. She has taught at Ennis Community College since 2001. She is also a sign language interpreter and works with deaf students through the medium of sign language.
Nike also founded the Gathering of Godly Worshipers in 2011 where all people irrespective of their status, gather together once in a year to refresh, renew, reorient, refill their mind, rejoice together in full spirit She is looking forward to this challenge.
Nominated by: The Gathering of Godly Worshippers
Padraic graduated with a Masters in Marketing from Limerick Institute of Technology and has worked since then in the area of administration and finance. His real passion however lies in advocacy and he is the current Chairperson of the Clare Leader Forum, which is an independent group of people with disabilities who work to create a voice on disability issues in Clare.
Padraic would like to be nominated onto the Clare PPN Secretariat as he believes he has the skills and experience necessary to fulfil the role. He is passionate about ensuring the voices of all people who need support to participate fully in society are heard and looks forward to the continuing growth of the Clare Public Participation Network.
Nominated by: Clare Leader Forum
Mother, feminist and former investment banker, Emma is currently on the steering group of Clare Women’s Network and is passionate about social justice issues, particularly women’s equality. She works in Ennis and enjoys volunteering her financial and social media skills in her spare time.
Nominated by: The Clare Women’s Network
Maeve has worked tirelessly in the community and voluntary sector for many years and has campaigned for mental health, disability and gender equality. She is interested in the Clare PPN and it’s capacity bring many different voices to the decision making table. To date, her official roles have included:
- Board member of the Clare Women’s Network
- National Board Member of Clare Network of People with Disabilities
- Co-ordinator of Women Together Network (for women with mental health difficulties)
Nominated by: Clare Network of People with Disabilities NCPD
Date: Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Time: 10.30am to 4.00pm
Venue: Clare Local Development Company, Westpoint Business Park, Kilrush Road, Ennis
Cultivate of Cloughjordan will be delivering a workshop on group facilitation for members of the Clare Public Participation Network. This full-day course will provide participants with the skills and processes to better host meetings, enable dialogue, and facilitate participative events. This training is aimed both at those who have no background in facilitation and also those who are experienced seeking to enrich their skill-set. The work shop will focus on skills for encouraging participation and managing meetings and hosting events.
‘Established in 2000, Cultivate has played a key role in furthering the profile of sustainability in Ireland over the past decade through the research, development, sourcing and publishing of both online and printed informational resources, education programmes and networking events. With offices in Dublin and Cloughjordan, offering both urban and rural reach, the organisation has built an unrivalled nationwide network of partners working in the Green Economy.’ – www.cultivate.ie
To book your place at this event please book at this link or call Sarah on 087 -1617375
Call for submissions: Southern Region’s Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION PERIOD IS EXTENDED TO 5 PM ON FRIDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2018
Download the issues paper here: Southern Region’s Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy Issues Paper
Written Submissions are invited to be made by 5pm Friday 16th February 2018.
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Post: RSES Submissions, Southern Regional Assembly, Assembly House O’Connell Street, Waterford, X91 K256
Clare Public Participation Network wishes to recruit an experienced Office and Communications Manager (Part-Time)
Having been successfully established over the last three years Clare Public Participation Network is restructuring to assist with its further development. As a result Clare PPN now invites applications from positive, motivated and suitably qualified candidates for the above named role. This varied, challenging and responsible position will be part time 21 hours per week and the salary will be set at the first point of Local Authority Staff Officer Grade 5 (€41,213) pro-rata. This position will initially be offered for a 9 month contract with continuation after that point subject to successful completion of a six month probation period and the continuation of funding. It will be based in Ennis but may involve travel to all regions of County Clare and occasionally elsewhere. Evening and weekend work will be a feature of this position and candidates should take this into account when applying. Clare PPN will strive to provide a flexible working environment where possible.
Public Participation Networks were set up in each Local Authority area in Ireland as part of the Local Government Reform Act 2014. Clare Public Participation Network is an organisation of community and voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups based in Clare. The network is funded jointly by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Clare County Council but is managed and directed by an elected nine person secretariat all of whom are members of community groups based in County Clare.
Clare PPN’s primary purpose is to provide for the formal participation of its member groups in local government decision making processes and forums. It also seeks to organise and offer training for its member groups which will strengthen and increase the variety of capacities and skills within the network and the county. Through its social media, website and newsletters Clare PPN acts as a hub for information for its member groups and the wider public. Clare PPN works from a human rights perspective towards social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Clare PPN is an equal opportunities organisation and welcomes applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities who meet the requirements of the position.
Objectives of this post:
The Office and Communications Manager for Clare PPN will be a self-starter who is able to take responsibility for all administrative and organisational aspects of Clare PPN. They will ensure that the organisation is financially sustainable and meets the highest levels of financial accountability towards its members and funders. They will ensure that Clare PPN has all essential policies in place and is compliant with all relevant legal requirements. They will assist the Secretariat of Clare PPN where required. They will prepare and administer an annual schedule of meetings and will assist with the organisation of public events and elections. They will be responsible for the maintenance of a database of members and for data protection of same. They will be responsible for the timely circulation of consultations and notices to the network and,in collaboration with Clare PPN’s Coordinator they will assist with the development of the organisation and with member engagement. Clare PPN is seeking a candidate who has a real interest in helping to sustain and grow a vibrant participative democracy in the County.
Duties will include the following:
- Accounting and financial management of Clare PPN.
- Managing payroll and travel and subsistence claims.
- Maintaining membership records and database.
- Providing reports to Clare PPN’s members, Clare County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development.
- Ensuring that Clare PPN is fully compliant with all legislative and governance obligations.
- Ensuring that Clare PPN has in place transparent, democratic procedures for all its functions and activities.
- Assisting in the development and implementation of progressive methods of facilitating participation by civil society in policy making.
- Managing communications including newsletter, social media and mainstream media.
- Maintaining an up to date website for Clare PPN.
- Dealing with members’ queries.
- Providing administrative support to Clare PPN secretariat and representatives as required.
- Providing administrative support to Clare PPN’s Coordinator as required.
- Event and project management.
- Representing Clare PPN at external events and or meetings.
- Collaborating with other community and voluntary organisations in Clare to make best use of the organisation’s resources/
- Leasing with Local Authority, Government and other state agencies as required.
Essential Skills / Qualifications:
- Candidates must have a high level of spoken and written English.
- Candidates must have a full clean driving license and use of a car.
- Candidates must have three or more years of experience in office management in the community and voluntary sector.
- Candidates must hold a recognised qualification in accounting/ bookkeeping.
- Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of IT skills including Microsoft Office, Social Media, WordPress and use of online consultancy and networking technology.
- Candidates must have a high level of communications skills and experience with report writing, media releases and creating online content.
Experience or qualifications in any of the following areas would be advantageous:
- Rural or community development
- Politics and local government
- Working effectively with marginalised communities
- Environmental sustainability
- Communications and media
- Group facilitation
- Public relations
- Social enterprise
How to apply:
Please send a two page CV detailing how you meet the above requirements and a letter of application to: email@example.com on or before February 16th 2018.