Calling all members – PPN Plenary Meeting October 12th 2020 7PM

Calling all members – PPN Plenary Meeting October 12th 2020 7PM

Notice of Plenary Meeting: October 12th 2020 at 7PM (Online)

Clare Public Participation Network invites all member groups to attend its first online Plenary Meeting which will take place on Monday 12th October at 7pm.

What is a Plenary Meeting? Plenary meetings are the main decision making forums for Clare PPN -at these meetings all member groups are invited to attend and to put items forward for the agenda for discussion or for inclusion in the work plan of Clare PPN.  At each of these meetings the staff and secretariat of Clare PPN present an update on the work, finances, and activities of the PPN from the preceding three months and present their work plan for discussion and input from member groups for the forthcoming three months.

Online Meeting: Due to the Covid-19 restrictions this Plenary Meeting will be held online via zoom.  Any member or person who would like to receive training in how to use Zoom should email newsletter@clareppn.ie and William Hederman will arrange a session with you to help familiarise you with how to participate using this tool. You will need a smart phone or computer and an internet connection to use zoom. If possible each member group should nominate someone who has these facilities to represent them at this Plenary Meeting.  If any group is unable to attend online please feel free to send us submissions or items for our agenda via email to admin@clareppn.ie or by calling us on 087 1617375.

Call for Agenda Items:

All current member groups can propose agenda items for this meeting on or before October 5th 2020 . Please send these using the subject line ”Agenda Item Plenary Meeting” to admin@clareppn.ie

Clare PPN’s representatives who sit on 11 boards and committees in the County will also have an opportunity to present updates from their committees and to take any questions or input from member groups at this meeting.

For part of this meeting Members will be split up into three groups – representing the three colleges of Clare PPN – Environmental, Social Inclusion and Community & Voluntary and asked to identify their priorities for Clare PPN to address until the end of 2020.

At the beginning of each plenary meeting we will present an introduction to the PPN for new member groups and a question and answer session will be held.

Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to admin@clareppn.ie on or before October 11th 2020. 

 

 

 

 

 

Reps report on 19th February 2020 Physical Development SPC – Aisling Wheeler

Reps report on 19th February 2020 Physical Development SPC – Aisling Wheeler

Representative Name

Aisling Wheeler

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

Yes- query why building new Data Centres is a priority for Clare Co. Council

Main topics discussed at the meeting:

LSMATS transport strategy

List any decisions made at the meeting:

I don’t think any concrete decisions on anything were made

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

I’d like to have more info on what power the Council has to impose conditions on planning applications- especially in regard to the proposed Data Centre(s) – by what mechanism could the Council make planning permission contingent on the Centre producing its own energy from renewable resources?

Reps report on the 19th February 2020 Physical Development Committee SPC – James Giller

Reps report on the 19th February 2020 Physical Development Committee SPC – James Giller

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

Yes, I was asked to raise the issue that Clare PPN was listed as a stakeholder in advance consultations on the Limerick-Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy, but we were not properly consulted.

 

Main topics discussed at the meeting:

There was a presentation about the Limerick-Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (LSMATS,) which highlighted some of Clare County Council’s main concerns and provided an approximate schedule until public consultation is opened. The Limerick North Distributor Road (LNDR) and an Economic Strategic Development Zone are priorities for Clare County Council. The Council has also provided input on bus services between Shannon, Ennis, and Limerick; development of the western rail corridor (Limerick to Sligo,) and a rail link to Shannon; and cycling facilities around Shannon Airport and Industrial Areas, as well as for residents in Clare in areas close to the city. The following were presented as “Other Key Issues:” – Climate change: reduce car trips, manage traffic, increase mass transit – Transport provision to 3rd level educational institutions – Electric vehicle infrastructure – Traffic noise reduction: reduce speeds, improve road surfaces – Transport provision to Bunratty After receiving a draft on February 21, the Council should return comments to NTA and Jacobs/Systra by March 6. Another draft is to be received by the Council on March 13, then public consultation will begin after March 20. There wa a presentation on a relatively new emergency weather warning system developed on behalf of the Council. Cyril Feeney spoke about a document recently published by the LGMA and CCMA: “Climate Change, Global Issue Local Leadership.”

 

List any decisions made at the meeting:

Carmel Kirby said she would give the PPN an email address to submit comments on the LSMATS to the NTA.

 

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

Yes, follow up with Carmel Kirby to access the draft LSMATS, if possible, and receive the email address to send comments to the NTA. It would be good to schedule a meeting of representatives to draft our submission ASAP.

Your Physical Development SPC representatives

Your Physical Development SPC representatives

 

The following Clare PPN representatives were ratified at the Clare PPN plenary meeting on 8th October 2019.  We would like to offer our congratulations to them and look forward to working together to represent the interest of the people of County Clare.

 

Padraic Hayes – Social Inclusion Representative

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

 

 

Aishling Wheeler – Environmental Representative 

Aisling is a teacher, perma-culturist, parent and climate activist. She is chairperson of Kilfenora Tidy Towns Committee. She has been involved in many environmental campaigns over the years and is currently working voluntarily with Futureproof Clare and Extinction Rebellion Ireland to raise awareness of the Climate Crisis and prepare our communities for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

James Giller – Environmental Representative

James Giller is a First Class Honours graduate of Computer Science from UCC and holds a Master of Engineering from Osaka University, Japan, specialising in robotics. He applies his knowledge of information technology, especially in autonomous systems, to research and engage with relevant environmental and socioeconomic issues such as industrial automation; autonomous, connected and electric vehicles; and data centres and other IT infrastructure.  James has excellent communication skills as well as experience as a representative in the UCC Student Council, where he was awarded Best New Speaker. He has hosted a number of public talks on the climate and biodiversity crisis in Ennis and given interviews on the occasion of a number of rallies and other events to both local and national media. He has also contributed to submissions on past Draft Litter Management and Climate Change Adaptation Plans from Clare County Council. James is involved in a campaign to help Ennis businesses achieve low/zero-waste.

 

Damon Matthew Wise Âû – Community and Voluntary Representative 

The CEO/National Secretary of NCPD. He has represented people with disabilities and environmental issues at local, county, national and international levels, including to the United Nations. Damon also serves as a secretariat member for Clare PPN and as part of Federation Trust worked with community and voluntary groups to assit them with incorporation.