Voting is now open for a community & voluntary representative on the Social Development SPC of Clare County Council.


Clare PPN Community & Voluntary member groups and associated individuals may only cast ONE VOTE at the following link:


Voting ends at 5pm in Thursday, 14th June 2018.

Strategic Policy Committees (SPC) are structured around the main functions of council. They are made up of elected councillors and other representatives of the social partners and other sectoral interests. Each SPC is chaired by an elected councillor and is supported by a director of service. The task of the SPC is to assist and advise the council in the formulation, development and review of policy. Final policy decisions, however, ultimately rest with the full council acting as a body. There are currently four SPCs in Clare County Council.

The Social Development SPC is responsible for all areas of policy concerning the council’s housing, estate management, culture and sport functions.

Trudy Leyden

Trudy has a long interest in Social and Cultural policy.

She has a Masters of Arts in Politics and has qualifications in Cultural Studies and Literature.

She has trained with the Clare Adult Basic Education Services as well as having worked as an After School Homework Tutor with the Clare Local Development Company.

Trudy is involved in volunteering with many organisations. She has been a Brownie Leader with the reformed Ennis Brownie Branch. She was a volunteer with the Fleadh Committee in both 2016 and 2017.  She is the current Secretary with the Quin Community Text Alert Service.

She has also held several roles as an Activist with her local Political Party.


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.

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