Notice of Elections- Call for Nominations

September 15th 2021:  Clare PPN notice of elections and call for nominations for the following three positions:

  • Environmental Representative for the Physical Development Strategic Policy Committee
  • Community and Voluntary Representative for the Rural Development Forum
  • Social Inclusion Representative for the Rural Development Forum

Please note nominations must be received by September 28th 2021 @5PM

  1. Environmental Representative on the Physical Development Strategic Policy Committee of Clare County Council

This committee is made up of Elected Councillors, Council Officials and community and social partner representatives. They have the role of helping to form, advise on and monitor all policies relating to roads, water and fire services and the environment in County Clare. Clare PPN’s Environment Representative on the Physical Development SPC will have the chance to ensure that environmental concerns are included in policy formation by Clare County Council. We are seeking an energetic person with a deep understanding of environmental and sustainability issues who willing to play an active role on the Physical Development SPC and in consulting and feeding back to Clare PPN’s member groups.

 Election Rules and Process:

  • Only groups who were members of Clare PPN on Wednesday 15th September are eligible to participate in this election,
  • Only groups who are members of the Environment College can participate in this election,
  • No person can represent Clare PPN on more than one external committee or body,
  • Each member group may nominate one candidate and may cast one vote. (It is each group’s named contact person’s responsibility to consult with their own members regarding this).

How to nominate a candidate:

Groups wishing to nominate a candidate must seek their consent first and then must send an email to admin@clareppn.ie with the following information on or before 28th September 2021 at 5pm:

  • Name of Community Group.
  • Position number for which they are nominating a candidate.
  • Name of proposed nominee.
  • Contact details of proposed nominee.
  • 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.
  • A photo of your nominee which we may share with our members and social media followers.

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 voting will be open until October 8th  2021 @ 5pm.  No votes will be accepted after this time.


2.Social Inclusion Representative on the Clare Rural Development Forum

The Rural Development Forum, which meets three times per year, is comprised of more than 40 representatives from organisations throughout County Clare. One of its key achievements so far has been the Clare County Council’s Rural Development Strategy 2026 (currently at mid-stage review): http://www.clarecoco.ie/services/community/publications/clare-rural-development-strategy-2026-26009.pdf

Clare PPN’s Social Inclusion representative on the Rural Development Forum will have the chance to discuss and influence policy decisions, projects and strategies for the development of County Clare and to network with the other 40 members of the forum. We are seeking an energetic person with a deep understanding of social inclusion issues in the county who is willing to play an active role in both the Rural Development Forum and in consulting and feeding back to Clare PPN’s member groups.

Election Rules and Process:

  • Only groups who were members of Clare PPN on Wednesday 15th September are eligible to participate in this election
  • Only groups who are members of the Social Inclusion College can participate in this election
  • No person can represent Clare PPN on more than one external committee or body,
  • Each member group may nominate one candidate and may cast one vote. (It is each group’s named contact person’s responsibility to consult with their own members regarding this).

How to nominate a candidate:

Groups wishing to nominate a candidate must seek their consent first and then must send an email to admin@clareppn.ie with the following information on or before 28th September 2021 at 5pm:

  • Name of Community Group.
  • Position number for which they are nominating a candidate.
  • Name of proposed nominee.
  • Contact details of proposed nominee.
  • 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.
  • A photo of your nominee which we may share with our members and social media followers.

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 voting will be open until October 8th  2021 @ 5pm.  No votes will be accepted after this time.

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3.Community and Voluntary Representative on the Clare Rural Development Forum

The Rural Development Forum, which meets three times per year, is comprised of more than 40 representatives from organisations throughout County Clare. One of its key achievements so far has been the Clare County Council’s Rural Development Strategy 2026 (currently at mid-stage review): http://www.clarecoco.ie/services/community/publications/clare-rural-development-strategy-2026-26009.pdf

Clare PPN’s C&V representative on the Rural Development Forum will have the chance to discuss and influence policy decisions, projects and strategies for the development of County Clare and to network with the other 40 members of the forum. We are seeking an energetic person with a deep understanding of community issues who is willing to play an active role in both the Rural Development Forum and in consulting and feeding back to Clare PPN’s member groups.

Election Rules and Process:

  • Only groups who were members of Clare PPN on Wednesday 15th September are eligible to participate in this election,
  • Only groups who are members of the Community and Voluntary College can participate in this election,
  • No person can represent Clare PPN on more than one external committee or body,
  • Each member group may nominate one candidate and may cast one vote. (It is each group’s named contact person’s responsibility to consult with their own members regarding this).

How to nominate a candidate:

Groups wishing to nominate a candidate must seek their consent first and then must send an email to admin@clareppn.ie with the following information on or before 28th September 2021 at 5pm:

  • Name of Community Group.
  • Position number for which they are nominating a candidate.
  • Name of proposed nominee.
  • Contact details of proposed nominee.
  • 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.
  • A photo of your nominee which we may share with our members and social media followers.

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 October 8th  2021 @ 5pm.  No votes will be accepted after this time.

Notice of Plenary Meeting: Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 7pm (online)

Notice of Plenary Meeting: Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 7pm (online)

Notice of Plenary Meeting: Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 7pm (online)

Clare Public Participation Network warmly invites all member groups to attend its second Plenary Meeting of 2021 which will take place on Wednesday, 15th September 2021 at 7pm.  Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to admin@clareppn.ie on or before Tuesday, 14th September.  Only those registered in advance will receive the link to the meeting.

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 and present their work plan for discussion and input from member groups. 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.

Online Meeting:
Due to the continuing Covid-19 restrictions, this Plenary Meeting will be held online via zoom. You will need a smart phone or computer and an internet connection to use Zoom.

Call for Agenda Items:
All current member groups can propose agenda items for this meeting on or before 9th September 2021. Please send these using the subject line ”Agenda Item Plenary Meeting” to admin@clareppn.ie

PLEASE NOTE:  Clare PPN staff, reps and Secretariat will be taking a well deserved break throughout August.  If you contact us during this time your booking and/or agenda item will be confirmed on our return in September.

Our seas are at risk – tell the government you want action

Our seas are at risk – tell the government you want action

Our seas are at risk – tell the government you want action

Make your voice heard by making a submission on Marine Protected Areas before Friday, July 30th

The oceans give us everything. For generations we have lived off the sea – especially here in Clare. But our seas are now at crisis point, following years of attack from supertrawlers, aquaculture, oil and gas exploration, plastic and noise pollution, to mention just a few of the threats to our precious marine life. Large predatory fish have declined by 90% since the advent of industrial fishing and many species face extinction. 

The good news is that sea-life has a remarkable ability to bounce back once these threats are removed. Scientists worldwide agree that a network of properly-managed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) allows marine habitats to recover and replenish. 

Just 2% of Ireland’s incredibly diverse sea area is designated as protected areas, but there is almost no monitoring or policing of these. Supertrawlers can legally operate in these areas.

Clare-based ocean wildlife filmmaker Ken O’Sullivan says that to rebuild marine ecosystems, we must designate at least 30% of our ocean for special protection by 2030. As marine life recovers, fish catches will increase and create sustainable jobs. 

Ken is backing a call by Clare PPN’s environmental groups and Clare Environmental Network for groups and individuals in Clare to let the Government know we care about Ireland’s marine environment and want meaningful action to protect it.

You can have your say by making a submission as part of the government’s public consultation on an expert report, ‘Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network’. The consultation closes next Friday, July 30th, at 5pm. 

HOW TO TAKE ACTION:
If you can spare 10 or 15 minutes, please send an email to marine.env@housing.gov.ie, with the subject line ‘MPA Public Consultation 2021’. You don’t need to be an expert and your submission can be as short or long as you like.

An email written by you will have more impact than a template email, but here are a few points you might like to make…

I support the expert report and would like to see the recommendations being swiftly implemented.

I would also like to see:

• Immediate action to protect existing Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas, for example the SAC in the Shannon Estuary.
• No industrial fishing in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – and especially no bottom-towed gears.
• 30% of Irish waters as MPAs as a minimum target for 2030.
• Support for fishing communities in Clare that may be negatively impacted by MPAs.
• Proper investment in scientific data gathering.
• All MPAs to be actively managed with public participation. 

Another way to make a submission is go to the public consultation website and fill in an anonymous survey (where you can also download the full MPA report):
https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/45271-public-consultation-on-expert-advisory-group-report-entitled-expanding-irelands-marine-protected-area-network/#how-you-can-get-involved

You can read more about MPAs at the Irish Wildlife Trust’s excellent website:
https://iwt.ie/take-action-on-mpas/

Review of Clare County Council’s provision of Traveller Specific Housing

Equality Review of Clare County Council’s Provision of Traveller Specific Housing

July 14th 2021

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission yesterday released the reports on Equality Reviews which they required each Local Authority to carry out in respect of their provision of Traveller Specific Accomodation.

You can read the review of County Clare Here:  Clare-CC-Equality-Review-IHREC_Final

For more details on this IHREC initiative go to this link: https://www.ihrec.ie/our-work/equality-review