Call for Nominations for a Social Inclusion Representative for Clare’s Local Community Development Committee

June 22nd 2020 

Call for Nomination for Social Inclusion Representative to sit on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee:

As some of you will be aware Clare PPN has a number of representative seats on Clare County Council’s Committees.  We are currently looking for nominations for one Social Inclusion Group Representative to sit on the Local Community Development Committee which is administered by Clare County Councils. Only members of the Social Inclusion College of Clare PPN can nominate individuals for this seat and the nominees must themselves be a member of one of those groups.

 What is the Local Community Development Committee?

The Local Community Development Committee is comprised of Council Officials, Elected Councillors, and various business and community and voluntary group representatives.  Among other things LCDC has the job of developing and overseeing the community elements of Clare County Council’s 6 year- long Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP). This is an important committee for Clare PPN and its members and we hold 5 seats on it.

This vacancy is for a social inclusion seat and we would encourage nominations of people who have an understanding or experience or interest in any of the following areas; combatting social exclusion, poverty reduction, anti-discrimination policy making, community development, intercultural and anti-racism work.

For more details on Clare PPN’s other representatives on the LCDC see here http://clareppn.ie/local-community-development-committee/

For more details on the Local Community Development Committee itself see here

Who can make Nominations?
Every current Social Inclusion College member group of Clare PPN can nominate one person this seat. Once all nominations have been received on or before July 3rd at 5pm PPN will circulate their details and hold online elections in which all social inclusion member groups will be invited to vote.

Who can be Nominated?
Any person who is in a Social Inclusion College member group of Clare PPN can be nominated for these positions with the following exceptions

  • Currently serving elected representatives at any level of government may not be nominated.
  • Anyone who has contested local, EU or general elections in the last year may not be nominated.
  • Those who have declared their intention to stand for general or local election can not be nominated.
  • If someone is nominated and later decides to contest an election they will have to vacate their seat.
  • Any individual can only hold one Committee seat for Clare PPN however individuals can be on the ‘Secretariat’ (The board) of Clare PPN as well as holding one seat on an external committee.

What’s involved in being a representative on the LCDC for Clare PPN?

The successful candidates will be required attend all LCDC meetings year on behalf of all the Social Inclusion member groups in Clare PPN. These will be preceded by a brief pre-meeting with your fellow PPN reps on the same day at Clare PPN offices or online.

You will also be required to attend four Clare PPN plenary meetings per year and the occasional college group meeting and/ or training events. It is likely that you will need to attend a minimum of 12 meetings per year to carry out this role.

Each representative will be required to give a short report following the meetings of their committee to inform the other member groups and will be required to raise the issues or concerns of member groups at each meeting where possible. Clare PPN will provide support and introductory training for anyone who decides to take on these positions and travel expenses will be covered by Clare County Council and Clare PPN.

How do you Nominate Candidates?
• Member groups from the Social Inclusion College of Clare PPN can nominate one candidate for this position. If you are not sure which college your group belongs to please contact: admin@clareppn.ie
• A candidate can only be the nominee for one representative position on one committee. In the case that a person is nominated for more than one committee, we will contact them to ask them to select one which they wish to stand for.

The candidate’s permission must be secured before they are nominated
• A fully completed form (see link below) with a clear photo and a short biography of the nominees (up to 200 words) must be submitted to admin@clareppn.ie Clare-PPN-LCDC-Representative-Election-Nomination-Form

  • Nominations must be received by Friday July 3rd at 5.00pm after this date we will contact all members with the full list of candidates and ask for their votes.
    Please make sure you do nominate and then vote in these elections- we want to be sure our member groups are fully involved in selecting who they want to represent them on this important committee. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if any of the above confuses you or if you need any help. You can get us on 087-1617375 or admin@clareppn,ie

 

Local Election Hustings – meet the candidate and voter registration events

Meet the Candidate and Voter Registration Events

Clare Public Participation Network Press Release

Clare PPN ‘Hustings’: Meet the Candidates & Voter Registration Events

Clare PPN is delighted to be hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates & Voter Registration’ event in each Electoral Area in Clare County Clare in the run up to the 2019 Local Elections. Candidates are invited to address their voters and those attending will be given the opportunity to have their questions answered by the candidates. These events will be MC’d by Peter O’Connell Editor of the Clare Champion, Gloria Callinan of Clare Local Development Company, Fiona McGarry of Clare FM’s Morning Focus programme and Christy Sinclair Secretariat Member of Clare PPN.

At each of these five events Clare PPN in collaboration with An Garda Siochana, will also be hosting a one-stop shop for voter registration where people will be assisted to register for the supplementary register of electors if they are not already registered to vote. This is important for young people, in particular those who have turned 18 or will turn 18 on or before 24th May 2019. All of those who will be 18 or over at the time of the election are eligible to vote so long as they get on the register in time.

Clare PPN would also like to make sure that those who have migrated to Ireland from other countries are aware that they can vote in local government elections regardless of their citizenship so long as they are on the register or the supplementary register and we would like to extend a particular welcome to people from all backgrounds, countries and ethnicities to attend these events and take the opportunity to get even more involved in how the communities they live in are governed.

Anyone concerned should check the register at www.checktheregister.ie to see if they are registered and if not they need to fill in form RFA2 (https://www.checktheregister.ie/PublicPages/AppForms.aspx ) and bring it and photo ID and proof of address to their local Garda Station and have it stamped and return it to Clare County Council before the cut-off point of May 7th 2019.

 

Or else they can just attend one of the five events listed below and bring their ID and proof of address  with them and we’ll get their registration in order for them with the help of our community Guards.

So come along, inform and be informed!!!

The dates are as follows:

• Killaloe Municipal District: 23rd April @ 7pm, Kilkishen Cultural Centre

• Kilrush Electoral Area: 24th April @ 7pm, An Teach Cheoil, Kilrush

• Shannon Municipal District: 25th April @ 7pm, Shannon Oakwood Hotel

• Ennis Municipal District: 26th April @ 8pm, Cloughleigh Community Centre

• Ennistymon Electoral Area: 30th April @ 7pm, The Falls Hotel

If you have any questions/comments please do not hesitate to email: admin@clareppn.ie

 

 

 

 

Notice of Election – Call for nominations for representatives to sit on the National Advisory Forum for Public Participation Networks in Ireland

Call for nominations for National Advisory Forum  June 8th 2017.

Notice of election on June 29th* Call for nominations on or before June 16th at 5pm 

Clare PPN has been invited to nominate one person from each of our colleges (Environmental, Social Inclusion, Community and Voluntary) to sit on the National Advisory Forum for Public Participation Networks in Ireland. Every PPN in Ireland is invited to put forward three nominees and three people will eventually be selected from the whole country to sit on the forum.

This forum will meet a minimum of four times per year and those meetings will take place in Dublin. Representatives will be paid civil service level expenses but will not receive any other payment. The forum will work to strengthen the PPN’s nationally and to develop policies for them. More information is provided for potential nominees at the foot of this page.

All member groups are invited to give us their nominations on or before Friday 16th June at 5pm 

Who is eligible for nomination?

  1. All nominees must be in a group that is a member of Clare PPN.
  2. Each group can only nominate one person for one college – eg environmental groups can only nominate a person for the environmental college and so on.
  3. Nominees must consent to their own nomination- it is the responsibility of the group who nominates them to ensure this.

How can your group nominate someone?

Contact your nominee and ask for their permission and get them to send you a short biography – a few lines about their interests and experience and their contact details and then e-mail sarah@clareppn.ie before the 16th June at 5pm with the following information- 

  1. Your name and contact number
  2. Name of your group
  3. Name of the person you are nominating and name of the group they are a member of
  4. Contact details and short biography of the person you are nominating

*If there is more than one nominee in each category we will hold an election by email with close of voting taking place on June 29th. Once nominations are closed the details of nominees in each college will be circulated to members of that college along with a call for votes. Each member group will have one vote.


Information for prospective nominees

The timeframe involved

It is proposed that the members of the new Advisory Group would meet for the first time in September/October 2017. 

The term of office of the Advisory Group

The members of the new Advisory Group would each be appointed for a period of 3 years

(September/October 2017 – August 2020)

Meetings

The National Advisory Group will meet at least four times in a full year, typically once a quarter. For convenience purposes meetings meetings to date of the Group have been held in the Custom House,  Dublin 1 which is located next to national rail, bus and Luas services. It is expected that this venue will continue to serve for meeting of the new group.

Agenda and minutes are circulated to members within two weeks of a meeting.

Additional meetings may be organised as and when required.

Travelling & Subsistence.

Current Civil Service rates apply to travel and subsistence expenses incurred by members of the National PPN Advisory Group travelling to and from meetings. It is Departmental policy that public transport should be used wherever possible if it is deemed necessary to travel for meeting purposes.  Members should only use their cars to travel to and from meetings in where no suitable public transport (e.g., train or bus) is available

Purpose and Objectives of the National PPN Advisory Group

The National Advisory Group’s role will be to advise and support the Department in the development and operation of the PPNs. In that the Advisory Group will

  1. Develop key performance indicators for PPNs and Local Authorities in conjunction with the Department.
  2. Analyse and discuss local progress and liaise with DHPCLG on addressing priority issues identified.
  3. Monitor progress on the development and implementation of PPNs across the country to ensure consistency of implementation across local authority areas.
  4. Where inconsistencies are identified, make proposals on how these issues can be resolved.

 

 

 

 

 

Rural Development Forum – Notice of Elections- Call for nominations.

February 13th 2017

Notice of Elections: Seeking a representative from Clare PPN to participate in the Rural Development Forum.

Clare PPN is holding an online election for a representative to attend Clare County Council’s Rural Development Forum on our behalf. The forum is an initiative of Clare County Council’s CE Pat Dowling and aims to set out a new Rural Development Strategy for the County.  This initiative is timed to coincide with the National Government’s Action Plan for Rural Ireland and to maximise its potential for County Clare. The forum will mostly be focused on identifying projects that can be developed within the time frames of the Action Plan and avail of whatever funding is made available.

http://www.ahrrga.gov.ie/app/uploads/2017/01/162404-rural-ireland-action-plan-web-2-1.pdf

This new Rural Development Forum will meet 5 times before summer, and may or may not continue thereafter or in fact it may continue in a different format. This means that for the moment we are seeking someone who is available between now and summer to attend meetings and who will be willing to take on the work of reporting back from each meeting to the members of Clare PPN. We would hope that the person elected will be someone who already has experience in the area of rural development but they may be from any of the three PPN colleges.

NB: The forum’s first meeting is on Wednesday 15th of February and Clare PPN’s Christy Sinclair of Burren Ecotourism Network will attend this meeting in an acting capacity and will report back until we have a representative in place.

We are open for nominations from today Mon 13th Feb until Thursday 23rd of February and every group who is a member of Clare PPN today can nominate one person for the position.

After the 23rd Feb we will circulate a list of candidates and every group who is today (Monday 13th Feb 2017 ) a member of Clare PPN will be entitled to vote for those candidates. The election will be held on March 6th 2017

According to last year’s updated guidelines for PPNs nationally, no person who already holds a representative position for the PPN can be nominated for this role although secretariat members may be nominated by their groups so long as they do not hold any other position within the PPN.

How to Nominate a Candidate:

To nominate a candidate please email sarah@clareppn.ie with the following information on or before Monday 13th February.

  • Your name and contact details
  • Your group’s name
  • Your chosen candidate’s name and contact details
  • A short statement (even one sentence) on your nominees suitability for the role.

Please note that even if you have nominated a candidate you will still need to cast a vote for them after the nomination period has closed. More details and reminders of how to do this will be circulated when the list of candidates is finalised.