Notice of Summer Plenary Meeting: Wednesday, 13th July 2022 – 7pm to 9pm

Notice of Summer Plenary Meeting: Wednesday, 13th July 2022 – 7pm to 9pm

Notice of Summer Plenary Meeting, Wednesday, 13th July 2022 – 7pm to 9pm

Clare Public Participation Network warmly invites all member groups to attend our first plenary meeting of 2022 which will take place on Wednesday, 13th July from 7pm to 9pm.  Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to admin@clareppn.ie on or before Monday 11th July.

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.

Call for Agenda Items:
All current member groups can propose agenda items for this meeting on or before Monday, 4th July. Please send these using the subject line: ”Agenda Item Plenary Meeting” to admin@clareppn.ie

Submitting a motion
If you would like to bring a motion to the Plenary, please email admin@clareppn.ie by Monday, 4th July, with the wording of the motion and outlining why you would like to see the motion passed.

All those fleeing war and persecution must be treated equally

All those fleeing war and persecution must be treated equally

All those fleeing war and persecution must be treated equally

 

The Secretariat of Clare PPN has issued the following statement on behalf of our member organisations.

As the people of Ukraine face the horrors of war and displacement, we welcome the fact that Europe and Ireland are offering sanctuary to those fleeing this crisis. There has been an incredible response from communities in Clare and across Ireland to their arrival.

We welcome the Government’s response and we call for the same measures to be extended to all refugees and those seeking asylum. If Ireland can commit to providing social welfare, school places, children’s allowance and more for up to 200,000 people from Ukraine, we can do it for 7,000 people in Direct Provision.

We are concerned at the emergence of a two-tier system for those fleeing war and persecution. Rather than allowing this to happen, the response to this crisis should be an opportunity to improve the situation for all.

The 2020 Programme for Government and a White Paper in 2021 both committed to ending Direct Provision by 2024. The war in Ukraine has resulted in a far greater number of people living in emergency accommodation, but with the added problem that they are being treated in two very different ways. This is of huge concern to people who are stuck in Direct Provision, who had to go to court to fight for access to basic supports that recent arrivals are being granted automatically.

We also welcome the enhancement of the powers of local authorities to purchase houses and to fast-track the availability of vacant social housing, but we recognise that this must be extremely frustrating for those in our communities who have been enduring housing need. We call on the State to work for all those in need with the same concentrated effort.

We are also concerned at the transfer of huge amounts of public money to the owners of hotels and other private buildings. Most of the work so far in welcoming people fleeing the war in Ukraine has been undertaken by volunteers and voluntary organisations. These groups are under-resourced and they have received no extra financial resources to help them in this humanitarian effort, and yet there are huge State resources being used to pay private hotel owners to accommodate refugees.

This replicates the model of our housing system and highlights the urgent need to move to a human rights-based approach that gives everyone equal access and that sees the State taking a long-term view of how it spends public money.

We are certain our communities will continue to respond with empathy and practical support for those displaced by the unjustified invasion of Ukraine and we hope that this situation will help us build better, more cohesive communities, not create division. The Government can play a key role in this.

Human rights are for everyone or they are for no one.