Rural Development SPC report by Jean Tierney – 16th February 2021

Rural Development SPC report by Jean Tierney – 16th February 2021

Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?

Yes I was asked to notify the meeting of the information and consultation evening being held by the PPN in relation to the National Water Resource Plan and that the PPN members would be making a community submission


Main topics discussed at the meeting:

Rural and Community department support of the covid19 community response forum, helpline and general trends. Digi clare and national broad band roll out. Climate change adaptation strategy and biodiversity. Review of rural strategy


List any decisions made at the meeting:

I missed the start of the meeting as I had to attend another meeting. I joined at the end of the digi clare presentation, so don’t know if there were any decisions prior to joining. Climate change – Anny is to bring an agenda item on fuel for the next meeting Review of rural strategy – there was a discussion about the need to covid proof the strategy and will be added to next agenda


Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?


Rural Development SPC report from Anny Wise – 18th May 2021

Rural Development SPC report from Anny Wise – 18th May 2021

The SPC meeting was a long one and in the end I did not get my chance to do the item on “Heating the Home.” .  But I must admit I was surprised at the final outcome of what I did have to say.

Tourism Strategy was now complete and was launched on line and we were shown the outcome.  It was very good.  There were, however., two items which were discussed and approved.

  • Motor Homes which have not been a problem in the past are now seen all over the county (staycation) – the normal commercial parks are closed and the county does not have a policy with regard to where and for how long they can park.  There are several examples from CORK and abroad where they have always been a way of having a holiday.  The County Council will be asked to look at the issues and try and see if they can make a policy or not.
  • Greenways walking and cycling paths.  Our SPC made suggestions on how important that this was now shown as specific plans in the future to enlarge them.  It was pointed out that they are going ahead on this and the Clarecastle/Ennis and Shannon/Bunratty plus others are in the process.

The Rural Development Strategy is up for review – it was the first in Ireland and is still the only one. Broadband was again mentioned.

Then there was a powerpoint by Gearoid Fitzgibbon representing SEC for Clare with Gloria CLDC.

Report from the SPC on 18th May 2021 on Climate Change

There were many questions and the main thrust was on Community Microgeneration.

There was a question about the cost of peat briquettes going up and how community were able to cope with this.  Geariod answer by given the example in Tipperary – who had most dwellings insulated and had changed their heating methods – so it would not cause them any problems.  I followed after he answered the questions suggesting what we need more than anything was Public Awareness and the “How” and “Why”.  I offered to give the talk which I was supposed to be at this meeting at the next meeting on the “Why” and also invited them to our lecture on the subject on the 26th May.

What follows was surprising and may have been to the question about peat blocks – suggestion of the Public Awareness showing such a low level of knowledge and upskilling of staff at the County Council took on the following:

  • They would look at a Clare Energy Agency other than a Clare/Limerick one.  A “One Stop Agency being a workshop in mind a stand alone office in Clare.
  • Upskill directors of each section department – the actual elected Council so that they could work together and work with CLDC and SEAI.

Farmers were mentioned with regards to microgeneration the prospect of jobs in Rural Area was welcomed.








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Clare County Council Community Development Officers

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REPORT TO PPN of SPC Rural Development 16th February 2021

REPORT TO PPN of SPC Rural Development 16th February 2021

by Anny Wise

This was the first meeting held completely on ZOOM.  The agenda included COVID-19 community response which was a presentation and we were asked for suggestions. But a long discussion was had.

The second presentation was on DigiClare and broadband roll-out.

Several suggestions were made especially on the location of forthcoming hubs – and that the National broadband rollout to start from Limerick Clare.  That being South East Clare towards Kilkishen and East Clare to Parteen and above.  The Eircom Infrastructure such as replace pole is to go through the planning process.

When the Climate Change and Biodiversity came on the agenda – I was asked to report. I gave information of the Wind Farm procedure going through the department of Malcom Noolan (I met him with another committee on Zoom earlier that week) and pointed out that with extreme wind if trees appear to be in danger – cut the branches and not the tree.  I gave statistic on the benefit of trees.

I than asked for suggestions from the Power Point shown at the last meeting – there were none. I than offered to make one for the next meeting and this was agreed.

The subject was to be “Methods of Home Heating.

The final point on the agenda was the fact that Clare’s Rural Development Strategy was to be reviewed – it was felt some of it was already outdated.  The Rural Development Forum was to give our committee proposed changes.

I had already asked for Jean Tierney O’Keeffe wanted to bring under any other Business

She spoke on behalf of the PPN – saying that as National Water Resources Plan meeting on Zoom on Monday 22nd February – the members were then sent a notice and link to it the following day.

Reps report on 15th September 2020 Rural Development SPC – Anny Wise

Reps report on 15th September 2020 Rural Development SPC – Anny Wise

Representative Name
Anny Wise

The two PPN Representatives were the only ones attending via Zoom – but the main committee who were in the Council chamber could not be heard by us. They could hear us but we could neither see them nor hear them. The Chair or people giving the reports were summarising what people were saying. Despite our patience being tested to the maximum we did get taken notice – in fact we were given priority as they felt guilty.

I got to ask the questions about what graveyards were available to some of the 12% of Clare’s population who are not Christian. The answer was no graveyard facilities for them other than the same as everyone else. It was then suggested that this would be discussed in the forthcoming review.

Leonard Cleary told the meeting that I had offered Pro Sweeney’s video and it was agreed that this would be covered in the November meeting.  They asked to view it before the meeting. I am to ask for this from John Sweeney.

I noticed that the Community Funding was from March to September – this would not allow many environmental projects, due to the Habitats Directive.

Calling all members – PPN Plenary Meeting October 12th 2020 7PM

Calling all members – PPN Plenary Meeting October 12th 2020 7PM

Notice of Plenary Meeting: October 12th 2020 at 7PM (Online)

Clare Public Participation Network invites all member groups to attend its first online Plenary Meeting which will take place on Monday 12th October at 7pm.

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 from the preceding three months and present their work plan for discussion and input from member groups for the forthcoming three months.

Online Meeting: Due to the Covid-19 restrictions this Plenary Meeting will be held online via zoom.  Any member or person who would like to receive training in how to use Zoom should email and William Hederman will arrange a session with you to help familiarise you with how to participate using this tool. You will need a smart phone or computer and an internet connection to use zoom. If possible each member group should nominate someone who has these facilities to represent them at this Plenary Meeting.  If any group is unable to attend online please feel free to send us submissions or items for our agenda via email to or by calling us on 087 1617375.

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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.

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At the beginning of each plenary meeting we will present an introduction to the PPN for new member groups and a question and answer session will be held.

Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to on or before October 11th 2020.