Dermot Hayes

Dermot Hayes

DERMOT HAYES

Originally from Kells, Corofin, I have been based in Ennis for some years. As a young lad I was very active in the Corofin Youth Club and Hall Committee. In my early working life, I was very active in trade unions, becoming Shop Steward and later President of Clare Trade Union. I also became chair of the Trades Council.

I stood for local elections a number of times with the themes of social inclusion and efforts to represent those on the margins. I failed to get elected despite running very close.

In 1992, together with other people with disabilities, I set up a Disabled People of Clare, with the human rights approach – “Nothing about us without us”. We became active in change locally and nationally. This led to the setting up in recent years of the Clare Leader Forum, in which I am very active.

Also during the late 1990s, I was very active in the Ennis CDP, up to its closing in 2016. This group worked with Travellers and with those who came to Ireland seeking asylum. I am also so very involved in my local residents’ association.

Nationally, I am on the board of the Independent Living Movement Network. I was nominated to a disability committee under the Disability Act 2005. I was elected to Clare LCDC and to the SPC on Social Policy, roles from which I had to step down when I stood in last year’s local elections. I will endeavour to maintain communication with relevant Clare PPN groups to represent you to the best of my ability.

Cornelia Wahli

Cornelia Wahli

CORNELIA WAHLI

Cornelia, a native of Switzerland, has lived in Ireland for more than 30 years. She has a background in education and she practises meditation, qi-gong and yoga, and is a member of the Ennis Friary Choir. Her personal quest is to gently move toward a lighter imprint during her residence on the planet.

Cornelia’s passion for the outdoors was kindled in the 1980s while living in Dublin. Since then continued experiments with garden design and permaculture design have resulted in her chemical-free lifestyle both indoors and outdoors. She encourages any and all members of the public to live plastic-free through her “Operation de-Plastification” vision and actions, supporting a healthier environment and re-connection with the natural world through a sustainable way of life.

As the Clare PPN environmental representative on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee, Cornelia would like to be a voice for the natural world; a healthy and nurturing environment that is capable of feeding and supporting humans as well as fauna and flora with sustainable development a core value. Cornelia’s mission is to tread lightly upon this earth, leave few traces and enjoy life in tune with nature.

Helen Liddy

Helen Liddy

Helen Liddy

Helen has been involved in community for all of her adult life. She is a former employee of the HSE and is active in local politics. She is currently involved in the Stroke Group in Clare and the Clare Leader Forum.
Helen is very interested in social change, housing and transport and is committed to equality and justice.

Hilary Tonge

Hilary Tonge

Hilary Tonge

Hilary strongly believes in putting people at the centre of development. It is her view that local development processes must be inclusive, and benefit all of the people. She recognises that in a growing diverse population such as ours we must work to facilitate greater interaction within our community.

She has gained insight through her work as a psychotherapist and life coach, with teenagers in the court systems, and with the disabled community in the DPOC, it has given her a special appreciation for the many needs within the county. As a teacher of Life Coaching night classes in Ennis Community College, she has guided students to develop their potential, and supported their goal setting and personal growth.

Hilary is a former Secretary and member of the Ennis Musical Society, and has taken part in many shows. She is now employed in Shannon Airport and is hugely aware of the value of the Airport to the surrounding communities.

Hilary is an experienced campaigner and most recently was involved in organising the Reinstate ShannonDoc campaign and also the Mid-West Hospital campaign to highlight the inadequate health service in the county. She believes actions speak louder than words and is a hard worker, with an enthusiasm to get things done, which makes her an ideal candidate for the position.

Mary Leahy

Mary Leahy

Mary Leahy

Mary Leahy has lived in rural Ireland all her life.  She has been a community volunteer and activist for many years and is actively involved in efforts to develop policy for housing for the elderly as the current secretary of the Clare Older Persons Forum.

Mary is a farmer’s daughter and a former member of Macra na Feirme.  She was a volunteer with the Gathering Committee, she was a member and former Chairperson of the Clare Community and Voluntary Forum and was also a member of the Clare Community Cluster under the auspices of the Mid-west Regional Drug & Alcohol Forum (MWRDAF).

Mary worked for a number of years with Congress Information and Opportunities Centre (CIOC).  She has a keen interest in history, politics and the GAA.  Mary has a wealth of life experiences and is well respected within the wider community.  She has great depth of knowledge and expertise to bring to Clare County Council’s Social Development SPC.