Invitation to the final Clare PPN Public Plenary meeting of 2018

The Clare Public Participation Plenary Meeting will take place in Glor Theatre on the 6th December 2018 at 7pm

All member groups are invited to attend Clare PPN’s second plenary meeting of 2018. 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. Clare PPN will also be using this plenary meeting to report on the year to date and to celebrate the great work done by our members and representatives. We would love to see as many groups as possible taking the time to attend our plenary meeting.


For more information or to RSVP please email: or call 087 1617375

Call for nominations – Clare PPN representative on Clare Local Sports Partnership Board

The Clare PPN is calling for nominations for the following position:

Clare PPN representative on the Clare Local Sports Partnership Board

This representative role is open to Clare PPN members from the Community and Voluntary pillar.

The Clare Local Sports Partnership (CLSP) was established in 2001 by the Irish Sports Council (ISC), now known as Sport Ireland (SI) as part of the Local Sports Partnership Initiative ‘A New Era for Sport’. This approach was the first national physical activity participation strategy funded through a dedicated state agency.  CLSP works with key stakeholders nationally and within the county, to target audiences and deliver specified activities and projects. The key target markets which have been the focus of development over the previous number of years include:

  • Women in Sport
  • Older Adults
  • People with Disabilities
  • School Children
  • Unemployed People
  • Disadvantaged Youths
  • Immigrant Communities

CLSP is governed by a board of directors and representative of key agencies throughout the county including Clare Public Participation Network.  Representatives also individually sit on sub-committees with reporting functions to the board.

For more information go to:

How to nominate a candidate

Nominations are open from Monday 19th November to Friday 23rd November at 5pm– no late nominations will be accepted.

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

  1. Name of Community Group (must be a Clare PPN Community & Voluntary member)
  2. Name of proposed nominee.
  3. Contact details of proposed nominee.
  4. 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.
  5. A photo of your nominee which we may share with our members and social media followers.

What happens then?

  • Clare PPN will confirm receipt of nominations by email.
  • Following the close of nominations, Clare PPN will circulate details of candidates to our members and online and voting will be open until Friday 30th November at 5pm.
  • NB: Even if you have nominated a candidate you will still need to cast your vote to support their election.

For further information about any of the above roles or Clare PPN’s election processes please feel free to call us on 087 1617375.

EAPN Ireland Briefing on European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Pillar for Social Rights

Contact: Irene Byrne 087 7914782

“European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland calls for the Government to honor its commitment to reducing poverty by implementing in full the European Pillar of Social Rights.”

As we approach the first anniversary of the signing of the European Pillar of Social Rights, EAPN Ireland is calling on the Irish government to ensure that Ireland actively honours the 20 rights and principles within the Pillar.  On November 17th 2017 the European Pillar of Social Rights was proclaimed by Council of the EU, the European Parliament, and the Commission, and signed off by heads of EU member states. The Pillar outlines rights and principles that can guide Europe towards a future of greater social inclusion and
equality, and support access to employment and social rights. The Pillar covers areas linked to access to quality jobs, equality, access to adequate income, and access to quality services in areas such as health, housing, and care.  EAPN Ireland previously welcomed the Irish Government’s support for the European Pillar of Social Rights however now warns against any piece-meal approach to the implementation of the Pillar and to the rights and principles which underpin it.

Paul Ginnell, Director of EAPN Ireland states “It is not enough for the Irish Government simply to sign up to the European Pillar of Social Rights or to pay lip service to its principles. It must take direct and meaningful action to honour the Pillar and ensure that the Pillar informs all policy that directly impacts on the most marginalised in society”. He added: “The Pillar recognises the important role that civil society can play and anti-poverty and equality organisations, such as EAPN Ireland, are keen to play our role in informing and supporting its
delivery”. “

EAPN Ireland is also calling for the European Commission to take on a strong role in monitoring and supporting the implementation of the Pillar across EU member states.

EAPN Ireland Briefing on European Pillar of Social Rights

Voting is open to select a representative for Clare’s Joint Policing Committee

Who do you want to represent you on Clare’s Joint Policing Committee?

Clare Public Participation Network is delighted that two excellent candidates have been nominated as to sit on Clare’s Joint Policing Committee. Unfortunately there is only one seat allocated to the PPN so we have to get you to vote for the nominee of your choice. Voting is open until 5pm on Monday 19th November and all member groups are eligible to cast one vote in this election.

Details of both candidates are below and you can vote by clicking this link below:


‘My name is  Ladigbolu Abiodun, I am the President of the Association for the Nigerian Community in Clare. I have been in the position for the past 3 years and worked my way right from the position of the PRO up. I have vast of experience and training in community activities and organisations.  I am the current president of egbe omo Yoruba in Clare.  I have been representing my association at the quarterly meetings of the garda and the community groups since year 2009.  It would be an honour to give more to the community as their representative on the JPC.








Over the last 25 years, Madeline McAleer has worked with, provided training sessions and completed funding applications for a number of community groups in Clare e.g. Clare Haven Services, Clare Family Resource Centre, Disabled People of Clare, Irish Refugee Council / Clare Immigrant Support Centre, Ennis Community Development Project and Haven Horizons.
Madeline was the co-founder of the Clare Family Resource Centre, the first community childcare centre in Clare. Madeline completed the successful application for capital funding for the purpose built community crèche.
When working as the project development officer with Clare Haven Services, refuge accommodation and comprehensive outreach services for victims of domestic abuse in Co. Clare were established. Working in Clare Haven Services involved building positive interagency relationships and working closely with An Garda Síochána.
Madeline is currently the Research and Development Director of Haven Horizons. Haven Horizons focuses on domestic abuse prevention; providing awareness sessions and education / training modules and promoting international models of best practice which change public attitudes and professional responses to domestic abuse.
Haven Horizons is currently working with local and national Gardaí to establish Co. Clare as the Demonstration Division for the St. Paul ‘Blueprint for Safety’ model of domestic abuse prevention, which involves greater collaboration between police, prosecution services, court services, advocacy groups, prison and probation services to close the gaps in the criminal justice system.




Clare Public Participation Network is extremely grateful to all candidates who come forward for election to represent their community and whatever the outcome we are sure you will join us in thanking Madeline and Ladigbolu for coming forward. 



FLAG West meeting 7th November 2018

FLAG West meeting 7th November 2018

Report by Oonagh O’Dwyer


Representative Name
Oonagh O’Dwyer

Committee Name
Flag west

Date of meeting:
Date / Time 11/07/2018

Your college
Community & Voluntary

Municipal District
West Clare

Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?

Main topics discussed at the meeting:
Project deferment, evaluation process for grants, board vacancies

List any decisions made at the meeting:
To more actively promote that applications for funding are now being accepted for 2019. To draw up plan for more feedback from grant recipients on how their projects are doing. Opportunity for board members to submit for the Marine Spatial planning consultation by the 16th Nov.

Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?

Letter from Clare PPN to Councillors regarding lack of services for those in Emergency Accommodation

Letter from Clare PPN to Councillors regarding lack of services for those in emergency accommodation in Clare.

Mary O’Donoghue is one of Clare PPN’s social inclusion representatives on Clare’s Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). At the LCDC meeting of October 10th she raised the issue of the lack of available services for people in emergency accommodation in Clare. She has followed this up by sending the letter below to all Councillors on our behalf.

October 25th 2018

Dear Councillor,

It has been brought to the attention of the staff and representatives of Clare PPN on several occasions recently that there are no services available in County Clare for those who are in emergency accommodation in hotel rooms and bed and breakfasts. Clare PPN is aware and supportive of plans to open a family hub in Ennis but understands that the earliest this development is likely to be available is February 2019.

Clare PPN would like to draw it to the attention of the LCDC and all Councillors in Clare that there is an urgent and immediate need for the provision of a hot nutritious meal on a daily basis for the adults and children living in hotels and bed and breakfasts in an accessible venue or delivered to them in their accommodation. There is also a need for a laundry and clothes drying service to be made available for them.

Clare PPN believes that families should not have to be in B&B or hotel accommodation on any long term basis but is calling on the Council and the LCDC to ensure that it does all it can to ensure that whilst this situation continues the provision of laundry and hot meals should be looked at as a basic minimum necessity for the well-being of those in this situation and provided for as soon as possible.

Please may I take this opportunity to ask you to do all you can to ensure that such services are put in place and that Clare County Council take responsibility for making it happen.

Many thanks,

Mary O’Donoghue

LCDC Social Inclusion Representative

Phone: 086 404 3152