Congratulations to Padraic Hayes – Clare PPN Social Inclusion Secretariat Member

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.



Social Inclusion Secretariat Member 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 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 Adesiyan

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 Hayes

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

Emma O’Brien

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 O’Sullivan

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

Facilitation Skills Training for Community Groups

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 at those that have no background in facilitation and also those who are experienced seeking to enrich their skill-set.

‘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.’ –

To express an interest in attending this workshop email: or call: 087 1617375
If you have accessibility or additional participatory needs please let us know as soon as possible.

Call for submissions: Southern Region’s Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy

Call for submissions: Southern Region’s Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy


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:

By Post: RSES Submissions, Southern Regional Assembly, Assembly House O’Connell Street, Waterford, X91 K256

Would you like to work with Clare PPN? We are recruiting!

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
  • Policy-making
  • Working effectively with marginalised communities
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Communications and media
  • Group facilitation
  • Training
  • 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:   on or before February 16th 2018.

Election Election Election….Notice of Election for Social Inclusion College Secretariat Representative

Monday 29th January 2018

Clare PPN notice of election / Call for nominations of candidates from our Social Inclusion member groups: 

Clare PPN has a vacancy on its ‘Secretariat’ for a new member. The Secretariat is the voluntary board that manages the activities of Clare PPN for our member groups. This vacancy  is only open to members of our social inclusion groups and only those groups can vote in this election (there is a list of eligible groups at the foot of this article). In order to strengthen Clare PPN’s knowledge and awareness of social inclusion issues we are hoping that a candidate will come forward who has experience of working well with groups who experience poverty or marginalisation for any reason (ethnicity, race, immigration status, age, ability, mental health etc etc) or who themselves has direct experience of being part of one of those communities.  This is a great opportunity to help to ensure that Clare Public Participation Network is as good as it can be and it’s an exiting time to get involved. Clare PPN was set up successfully over the last three years in Clare and is now looking to build and develop for the future.

Candidates for the Social Inclusion vacancy must be nominated by a Social Inclusion organisation and it is only the Social Inclusion organisations which have a vote for this position.  Each group can nominate one candidate and vote for one candidate.  Experience in Social Inclusion policy would be desirable but a range of experience and diversity is welcome.

What will the person have to do as a member of the secretariat?  The Secretariat meets six times per year in Ennis with travel and subsistence provided when necessary. It also devises the work plan and strategy for Clare PPN which come from both the official formal function the PPN has to deliver and the views of the member groups.  The proposed duration of Secretariat membership is February 2018 to May 2019 (local elections) with the option to remain for a maximum of five years as decided by the secretariat as a whole.

How will this election work?

Nominations are open now and close on February 9th 2018.

Step one:  In advance of nominating a candidate please make sure of the following:

  • The person you are nominating is a member of a social inclusion group in Clare PPN
  • The person you are nominating agrees to stand for the position and can make the required time commitment.

Step two: Nominate the chosen person by sending us an email to with the subject line Nomination for Social Inclusion Secretariat Seat on or before the deadline of February 9th 2018 In this email you must include the following:

  • Your name and the name of the group you are nominating on behalf of.
  • Your chosen candidate’s name, address, contact details and a short biography of their experience which we can share with all members.

Step three: Clare PPN will circulate the list of nominees to all members of Clare PPN’s social inclusion college via email and members will then be allowed to vote for their chosen candidate by return email.  The election will be completed on or before Wednesday 20th February and the person with the highest number of votes will be elected.  Please note that even if you nominate a candidate you will also need to cast a vote once the list of nominees has been finalised.

Any questions related to this or to the role of a secretariat member can be directed to Sarah on 087 1617375

Email your nominations to on or before February 9th 2018. 

List of eligible groups for nominating candidates and voting in this election:

  1. Redeem Christian Church of God
  2. Haven Horizons
  3. The Willow Counselling Centre
  4. Camphill Community Mountshannon
  5. Obair Social Inclusion Project
  6. Arás Mhuire Housing Association Ltd
  7. West Clare Community & Education Centre Ltd
  8. Brothers of Charity Clare
  9. Ennis Mental Health Association
  10. West Clare Family Resource Centre
  11. Ennis & Clare Samaritans
  12. Hype Youth Group
  13. Clare Citizen Information Service
  14. North West Clare Family Resource Centre
  15. Inagh Housing Association Ltd
  16. District Day Care Centre
  17. Shannon Active Retirement Association
  18. Friends of Ennistymon Hospice Co
  19. Multicultural Council of Ireland
  20. Clare Network of NCPD
  21. Clare Women’s Network
  22. Society of St Vincent de Paul, Clarecastle
  23. Clare Crusaders Children’s Clinic
  24. Shannon Family Resource Centre
  25. Cuan an Chláir
  27. Inis Housing Association Ltd
  28. Clare Haven Services
  29. Clarecare
  30. Association for Nigerian community in clare
  31. Employability Clare
  32. Clare Immigrant Support Centre
  33. Fishbowl Youth
  34. Polish Irish Association
  35. Clare Older People’s Forum
  36. Caring for Carers Ireland
  37. Clare Center for Independent Living.
  38. Clare Youth Service
  39. Tulla (Clare) Reaching Out
  40. Seeking Vision Ltd
  41. Clare Accessible Transport
  42. Killaloe/Ballina Community & Family Resource Centre
  43. Clare Citizens Information Service
  44. Clare Housing Action Group
  45. Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC Clare)