You are warmly invited to attend an online presentation introducing CATU – Community Action Tenants Union.
The meeting which will take place at 6.30 Pm on Tuesday 25th of January is open to all and will be followed by a discussion
with Nora Labo, CATU Regional Organiser for Munster.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link
The discussion will focus on how a union such as CATU can empower people in Clare to collectively address the issues which matter the most for their communities.
What is CATU?
- CATU stands for Community Action Tenants Union. It is a union for people outside of their workplaces, in the communities where they live, across the island of Ireland.
- CATU is grounded in the principles of grassroots democracy, collective organising, direct action and solidarity between members.
- The union is open to all those who want to act together against the urgent economic and social issues most of us face in our daily lives, such as sky-rocketing rents, substandard accommodation, lack of social housing, cuts in public services, the rising price of utilities and so on. We want to organise together not just among tenants, but also alongside mortgage holders, those in emergency and precarious accommodation, and everyone else who does not directly profit from the housing crisis.
What we believe
- We think that the only way to beat those responsible for our hardships – the landlords, banks, companies and politicians – is to get organised ourselves.
- We might not have capital, clout or authority, but we have numbers. And our strength comes from our solidarity and determination. We strongly believe that real power lies in the hands of ordinary people – tenants, communities, and workers – and change can only come when we act together.
- Our vision is of an organisation in cities and towns across this island, uniting communities in a coordinated struggle on issues we all share.
And We Want to Win.
Why join CATU?
- CATU is a democratic organisation, not associated with any political party. It is independently funded through membership dues rather than government or corporate grants.
- We are only accountable to our members; our direction, actions and campaigns are free from outside influence.
- All CATU members are equal and actively involved in all decisions and actions. While we are not perfect, we aim for CATU to be welcoming and inclusive to people from all backgrounds. We strongly encourage those whose voices are not heard enough in Irish society to join our union and collectively struggle for a fairer society. CATU is striving to build and improve internal mechanisms which amplify minority and oppressed voices.
- An important part of how we organise is our collective commitment to defending our members. Through organised action, we put pressure on those responsible and act in a spirit of mutual aid alongside CATU members in difficult situations.
- In our relatively short history, we can already count significant victories. Numerous times, CATU branches across Ireland have stopped illegal evictions, pressured landlords into returning deposits, or otherwise helped vulnerable members against abuse and injustice.
What CATU doesn’t do:
- CATU is not a legal advice service, nor is it an advocacy group. None of us are experts, but we constantly learn from each other’s knowledge and experiences.
- Our core activity is on the ground, in communities and real-life situations, not in theorising abstract ideas.
- Becoming a member is not subscribing to a fee-for service, but the beginning of gaining back power by organising with others like you in your community.
Clare PPN Newsletter January 2022
Our first newsletter of 2022 has been dispatched! Packed with news of training, webinars, funding opportunities and more. Click here to see a PDF of the newsletter:
Clare County Council is holding consultations on 2023 – 2029 Draft County Development Plan:
Clare County Council has prepared a Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029 for the functional area of the Council and they are now seeking feedback from the public on the draft plan. A County Development Plan consists of a written statement and series of maps that describe how your local authority aims to use particular areas, for example, residential, industrial or agricultural areas. It also sets out development objectives for the area, such as plans to improve roads and local amenities. Each County or Local Authorities development plan is examined by the Office of the Planning Regulator to ensure that it is not in opposition to national and regional strategies. Development plans must also have an environmental report that highlights any significant environmental effect the plan may have.
The Draft Plan is open for submissions from interested groups and members of the public until March 28th 2022. Any person can make a submission on any aspect of the draft plan and these submissions can be made by post or online. For full details of how to make a submission go to the following link: Have your say | Clare County Council (clarecoco.ie)
The draft plan for Clare can now be read online at:
Draft County Development Plan: Clare County Council (clarecoco.ie)
It will also be on display in the following locations around the county:
- Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis.
- Shannon Municipal District Office, Town Hall, Shannon.
- West Clare Municipal District Office, Town Hall, The Square, Kilrush.
- Ennistymon Area Office, Ennis Road, Ennistymon.
- Killaloe Municipal District Office, Mountshannon Road, Scarriff and
- At all public libraries in County Clare during opening hours.
Clare County Council are also holding a series of public consultations in various locations in Clare between now and February 10th 2022 and the table below lists the places and times of these consultations.
|Lisdoonvarna Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna
||Tuesday 25th January 2022
|Scouts Hall (beside Ennis Parish Office), Station Road, Ennis
||Wednesday 26th January 2022
|Clonlara Community Sports & Leisure Centre, Clonlara
||Thursday 27th January 2022
|Kilkee Community Hall, Kilkee
||Tuesday 1st February 2022
|Killaloe Hotel & Spa, Killaloe
||Wednesday 2nd February 2022
|Clarecastle Community Hall, Clarecastle
||Thursday 3rd February 2022
|Kilmihil Community Hall, Kilmihil
||Tuesday 8th February 2022
|Tulla Cultural Centre, Tulla
||Wednesday 9th February 2022
|Newmarket on Fergus Community Hall, Newmarket on Fergus
||Thursday 10th February 2022
Public Participation Networks annual report 2020
The Department of Rural and Community Development, with the assistance of the National PPN Advisory Group, has published the 2020 annual report on the activities of public participation networks. You can read it here: Annual Report 2020 National