NOTICE OF ELECTION – 20th July 2018

Nominations have been extended to 5pm, Friday 3rd August.

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 in funding 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.

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 Friday, 20th July 2018 are eligible to vote in this election.
  • Only groups with addresses in Killaloe Municipal District may nominate or vote for that Secretariat seat.
  • Each 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.

If any group is uncertain about which Municipal District they belong to they can contact us on 087 1617375 or by email to admin@clareppn.ie

How to nominate a candidate:

Nominations have been extended to 5pm, Friday 3rd August.

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

  • Name of Community Group
  • Clare PPN membership number (if you are unsure of this please email: admin@clareppn.ie)
  • 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, 10th August. 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: admin@clareppn.ie

Notice regarding Clare PPN representatives contesting Local, Oireachtas or EU elections

Notice regarding Clare PPN representatives contesting local, general or EU elections

In advance of next year’s local elections the Secretariat of Clare Public Participation Network wishes to set out the procedure and guidelines it will be following should any of those who hold representative positions for the PPN decide to contest Local, Oireachtas, or EU elections.

About Clare PPN:

Clare Public Participation Network (PPN) is open to community, voluntary, social inclusion and environmental groups based in the County. The primary function of the PPN is to allow these groups to give input and have their voices heard within the formal decision making structures of Clare County Council. The PPN is now the main way that Clare County Council connects with groups active in the county. Whenever the local authority needs people to participate in consultations or sit on the committees that form policies it will call on the PPN to select these people by holding elections from within its membership. The PPN’s role is to ensure that community groups have their own platform which is separate to those held by Councillors, TDs ,Senators, and MEPs.

Clare PPN respects every person’s right to enter electoral politics and commends those willing to step forward and work on behalf of their communities within conventional electoral politics. Clare PPN advises however, that should any person who holds a representative seat on behalf of the member groups of Clare PPN decide to contest a seat at Local, Oireachtas or EU level they will be required to step down from their PPN held position and that an election will be held within the PPN to replace them on the board or committee which they sit. This will apply from the point at which any PPN representative publicly declares their intention to contest an official local, Oireachtas or EU election.

This is in line with the national PPN User Guide as updated in March 2017 which states the following:

PPN representation is based in volunteer led organisations and, as such, is a separate process from Government Politics e.g. TDs, MEPs, Senators, Councillors etc.  Thus:

  • Elected representatives of Local Authorities, Oireachtas members or MEPs cannot be nominated through this process.
  • If anyone nominated through this process subsequently decides to enter electoral politics, they must immediately resign their PPN representative role.
  • A person who has stood for election or been co-opted or who has been an elected representative on any level of government (local, national or MEP) may not be chosen to represent the PPN on any representative role for one year after the date of the election or after completing their term of office.’

The Secretariat of Clare PPN is most grateful for the time, commitment and expertise that all its voluntary representatives bring to their positions and should any of them chose to enter electoral politics we wish them the very best of luck and are sure they will contribute greatly to their communities as they have done within Clare PPN.

Clare PPN strategic plan 2018- 2021

 

Clare PPN Strategic Plan 2018- 2021

A strategic plan is what we use to steer the organisation- so it doesn’t list every task or event or action we might carry out on a week to week basis. Details and particular activities are included in our annual work plan which we work out each year after our plenary meetings. This longer term strategic plan helps us to make sure we have a clear vision and mission statement so we can ensure that we are concentrating on our remit and responsibilities as a public participation network.

You can read our plan here: Strategic plan

 

 

Congratulations to our newly elected Representatives

The results of the recent Clare PPN Representatives elections were revealed at our plenary meeting on 14th June 2018

Congratulations to Ann Marie Flanagan who has been elected to represent the Social Inclusion Groups of Clare PPN on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee.

Congratulations also to Trudy Leyden who has been elected to represent the Community and Voluntary Groups of Clare PPN on Clare County Council’s Social Development Strategic Policy Committee which deals with housing culture and sports.

We thank all the candidates who stood for election and everyone who voted and we look forward to working with both newly elected representatives.

Candidates for a Social Inclusion representative for Local Community Development Committee

Voting is now open for a social inclusion representative on the Local Community Development Committee of Clare County Council.

Clare PPN Social Inclusion member groups and associated individuals may only cast ONE VOTE at the following link:

VOTE HERE

Voting ends at 5pm on Thursday, 14th June 2018

Aim of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC):

  • Have primary responsibility for co-ordination, governance, planning and oversight of local development spend, whether that spend is delivered by local authorities or on behalf of the state by other local development agencies and structures
  • Bring a more coherent approach to the implementation of local and community development programmes and interventions, seeking to ensure an integrated approach to local community and local development services between providers and delivery structures
  • Drive meaningful citizen and community engagement in the scoping, planning, delivery and evaluation of local and community development programmes
  • Ensure a more efficient administration of local and community programmes and delivery structures, the appropriate matching of resources to priorities and the achievement of value-for-money in the delivery and governance of programmes and the management of local delivery arrangements
  • Develop approaches that focus on learning and feedback, enhancing the links between practice and policy development, and
  • Explore and pursue opportunities for additional funding resources for the area, whether Exchequer, EU, private or other sources

 

Elaine D’Alton

The Clare Women’s Network is part of the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) and offers support for women to enhance their quality of life on an individual and group basis especially women experiencing social and economic exclusion and isolation.

I am the Project Coordinator of the Clare Women’s Network and have been nominated by CWN to go forward as the representative to LCDC. I have worked across many issues relating to feminism and gender equality in my twenty five years of experience of working within a community development setting in a variety of roles.

I am committed to addressing the many issues facing women in today’s political, social, economic and cultural landscape. I am committed to promoting and forwarding recommendations and guidance as identified by women in Clare on how best to address and rectify the obstacles and barriers to their full participation.  I believe representation specifically pertaining to the needs of women is an imperative

If you haven’t already committed your vote to a particular candidate, I ask you to bring this note to the attention of your group and give consideration to casting your vote for me. It is my intention, if elected to the secretariat, to use the Clare Public Participation Network as a vehicle to bring the concerns of women’s and other marginalised groups in the county to the forefront of the local and national policy debate.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Ann Marie Flanagan

Ann Marie is Regional Development Officer with Shine: supporting people affected by mental ill-health.

She has a Masters in Partnership studies, post grad in human services management & community development.

She is person centred and solution focused in family therapy counselling and is a regular contributor to policy discourse and publications on the rights of disabled women and men, gender and equality.

Most recently Ann Marie led a national petition and representation to government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

She is active locally and nationally on social justice and environmental protection issues and contested two local elections.

 

Karen Wise

I am 44 years old and have lived in County Clare for the last 24 years.

I have been a disability rights campaigner for some 25 years now.  I have been a party to and represented rights of people with Disabilities in courts and tribunals.  In doing so I have developed a strong network of contacts within the sector.

I am the current chair of the board of the National Council of People with Disabilities.

I have been a director of multiple Charitable and community co-operatives (many Companies Limited by Guarantee) for well over 24 years.  I was the first Honorary Secretary of Caring for Carers Ireland and as such drafted and edited the first aims and objectives.  I have been member of the Physical and sensory disability Co-Ordination committee of the then Mid-Western Health Board.

I have been on a National Disability Authority committee on standards and trained in social skills, disability, equality training and group working skills.  I have also trained in Business Management and Administration, Company Law directorship, GDPR.