Clare PPN Public Plenary meeting

The first Clare PPN plenary meeting of 2019 will take place in Ennis on the evening of 26th March 2019. The event is also open to the general public and for anyone who wants to learn more about Clare PPN. The purpose of our plenary meeting is to ensure that members of Clare PPN are consulted and have a chance to identify their priorities for Clare PPN’s work programme for the year ahead. The venue is dependent on the number of registered attendees so please let us know that you are joining us by reserving a FREE ticket here FREE Eventbrite TICKETS

Meeting: have your views heard on Ireland’s Heritage Strategy- Heritage Ireland 2030


A public consultation on the development of a new national heritage plan – Heritage Ireland 2030 – has been launched and the people of Clare are being invited to have their say.

The plan seeks to recognise the vital role heritage plays in our community, our economy and our society and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is inviting the public’s views to help shape the priorities for Ireland’s heritage for the next 10 years.

Congella McGuire, Heritage Officer with Clare County Council, said: “It is important that the voices of individuals, groups and communities in Clare are heard through this process. Heritage 2030 offers an opportunity to build on some of the achievements and partnerships developed through the County Clare Heritage Plans in recent years, to promote heritage as a resource to contribute to quality of life, cultural and economic development of County Clare.’’

In order to facilitate the Heritage 2030 process, Clare PPN and Heritage Office have organised an open public consultation session at the Clare PPN Offices, Clonroad Business Park, Clonroad, Ennis V95 N62T on Tuesday 26th February  from 6.30 -8.00 pm. All are welcome to attend and to contribute their views or just to find out more about the process and how to get involved.  In order to make it easy for people to have their views heard Clare PPN will prepare a joint submission following this meeting from the views and suggestions of those attending.  People are also free to make their own submissions at any point up until the deadline of February 28th 2019.  These can be made via an online survey, e-mail or by post.   Visit for details.

For more information contact Clare PPN at 087 1617375 or

NOTICE OF ELECTION – Killaloe Municipal District Secretariat Member



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 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.  From 2019, secretariat members will be required to become directors of Clare Public Participation Network CLG.

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 Monday, 4th February are eligible to nominate a candidate and vote in this election.
  • Only groups with addresses in Killaloe Municipal District may nominate a candidate or vote in this election.
  • Each eligible 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.

How to nominate a candidate:

Nominations must be received by Friday, 15th February 2019

Groups wishing to nominate a candidate must seek their consent first and then send an email to: with the following information:

  • Name of Community Group
  • Clare PPN membership number (if you are unsure of this please email:
  • 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, 1st March 2019. 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:

Report from Neil O’Brien – Clare Rural Development Forum

Report from Neil O’Brien – Clare Rural Development Forum

Clare County Council has being selected to pilot a scheme to attract urban dwellers and families to some of our rural Communities. The schemes aims are for these people to live, work and educate there families in co Clare. communities should identify possible properties in there respective towns and villages for inclusion in this pilot scheme, which could have huge benefits to there local services , schools and sports clubs etc.

Local Enterprise Office – Padraig McElee

Commercial businesses can contact their local office for a range of different supports measures for there businesses.  New or existing businesses are welcome to apply for support with marketing, Capital costs, Innovation. Also provides for website development grants. This should be circulated to people within our communities, start up or existing. Small businesses are constantly struggling and in need of support and expertise and this would be great assistance to them.

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Clare Age Friendly – Karen Fennessy

In light of current declining services in rural communities, Clare Age friendly is promoting ideas of communities working in co operative shops and provide services within these communities. Local hall  or community centers would be possible venues with greenways installed as starting point, cafe or florists opened and engage with local farmers to sell there produce, maybe even post offices recently closed could be located within the building, a clinic to meet your  local garda a day a week.  With many classes or creches within these buildings already this could be idea to provide much needed service back for the community and get greater engagement of all the community. Transport will be  issue but Clare Bus has the vehicles and with additional help from the communities maybe more links connecting villages could be worked on.

Western Development Commission – Clodagh Barry

Is group that collects and stores data and has funding for counties in the North West of Ireland which included is Co Clare, this is essential for community groups for access to this data for funding projects in which funding is being seeked. Communities needs to know what for etc, is population of area , age profiles for services.