Notice of Elections for the Community & Voluntary College

Notice of Elections for the Community & Voluntary College

Notice of Elections for the Community & Voluntary College

Clare PPN would like to give notice of election for the following positions:


Community and Voluntary representative on the Social Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) of 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. The SPC meets quarterly and reps are required to attend a pre-meeting with Clare PPN in advance to discuss the agenda and any issues raised by our member groups.



Community and Voluntary representative on the Rural Development Forum of Clare County Council

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:


The ideal candidates for these roles will be well connected with community & voluntary groups in the County, committed to social justice and have a genuine interest in increasing participation and policy development by local groups in Local Government Structures.  They will also agree to the Clare PPN Representatives’ Charter 2023 which sets out the responsibilities and obligations of this important voluntary role.


Election Rules and Process:

  • For each of these two roles Clare PPN’s Community and Voluntary College member groups may nominate one candidate and may cast one vote in the event of an election. (It is each group’s named contact person’s responsibility to consult with their own members regarding this).
  • Only groups who were members of Clare PPN on Monday, 18th September are eligible to participate in these elections.
  • No person can represent Clare PPN on more than one external committee or body.


How to nominate a candidate:

Groups wishing to nominate candidates must seek their consent first and then must send an email to with the following information on or before Friday, 6th October at 5pm:

  • Name of PPN member group.
  • Position 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 all candidates to relevant member groups on Monday 9th October. Groups will then be invited to vote using our online form and voting will remain open until 1pm on Monday 16th October. No votes will be accepted after this time. The successful candidate will then be contacted and offered the position.

If you need any more information or wish to discuss either of the roles further please email or call 087 1617375

NB: Even if you have nominated a candidate, you will still need to cast your vote to support their election.


Mary Leahy’s report on the Clare Older People’s Council meeting – 12th April 2022

Representative Name

Mary Leahy


Committee Name

Clare Older People’s Council


Date of meeting:

12th April 2022


Your college

Social Inclusion


Municipal District



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



Main topics discussed at the meeting:

Policies for Older People’s housing, Health, & Access to hospital care.


List any decisions made at the meeting:

Members attending the National OPC conference.


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



Have you any additional observations or comments?


Clare PPN’s Draft Submissions to the Draft County Development Plan

Draft Clare PPN submissions to the Draft Clare County Development Plan


Update – April 5th, 2022: The public consultation process for the Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029 has now closed. Both of Clare PPN’s final submissions are available to download from the following page:



March 20th, 2022: Clare PPN has been participating in the process of creating a new County Development Plan for Clare since 2020. We held consultations, information sessions and calls for input to create submissions from our Environment and Social Inclusion Colleges at the Pre Draft Stage which concluded last year. The public consultation period on the Draft County Development Plan is now open and will close for submissions on March 28th. (If you want to make your own submission details on how to do it are here:

While people and groups can and are encouraged to make individual submissions on matters that concern them, in Clare PPN we usually pool our resources to make collective submissions on the overall approaches we’d like taken in the County. You can read our proposed submissions below and your group contact should also have received them by email. if you are in a member group of either the environmental or social inclusion college of Clare PPN you can still send us any suggestions or additions but we need to get them before Thursday March 24th in order to add them and make sure we meet the deadline.


Our environmental submission can be read here and if you have any comments or additions to it please email on or before Thursday March 24th.

CPPN- CEN Draft Submission to Draft Clare County Development Plan March 2022


Our social inclusion submission can be read here and if you have any comments or additions to it please email on or before Thursday March 2th.

DRAFT Clare PPN Social Inclusion Submission to Clare County Development Plan

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Sarah C



Mary Mather Leahy reps report on Social Development SPC 10th March 2021

Mary Mather Leahy reps report on Social Development SPC – 10th March 2021

Repair & Leasing Scheme is still available to house Owners and can receive 60 thousand Euros for a minimum leasing time of 5 years. But there’s no take-up of the scheme.

Housing First /Homeless Accommodation, two buildings have been identified for the project and the interviews have been held with the future clients to be homed.

Irish Water has abandoned Rural Ireland with 52 Towns & Villages in Clare are still without Wastewater Treatment Plants this is having effects on the Local Authority Building and Development Programme. Irish Water has been invited several times to meet without success.  Some builders expressed their difficulties with them. See the EPA Reports for 2020-2024 Irish Water Live Projects Water Treatment Plans. Europe drives Irish Water on Waste Water with EU Directives.

Wrap 11, is a successful project and Clare has benefited from it through the Arts & The Western Development Commission, Audio & Visual Film Production Industry and Profile of the  Clare Region.TV programme Smother is filmed at Moy House near Lahinch and two other films made in Kilkee are listed for the BAFTAS.

Due to Covid, there were no sports reports.

Mary Mather Leahy


For more information:

Repair and leasing scheme

Housing First

EPA Water Quality Reports

The WRAP Fund


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.

Call for Agenda Items:

All current member groups can propose agenda items for this meeting on or before October 5th 2020 . Please send these using the subject line ”Agenda Item Plenary Meeting” to

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.

For part of this meeting Members will be split up into three groups – representing the three colleges of Clare PPN – Environmental, Social Inclusion and Community & Voluntary and asked to identify their priorities for Clare PPN to address until the end of 2020.

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. 






Your Social Development SPC representatives

Your Social Development SPC representatives


The following Clare PPN representatives were ratified at the Clare PPN plenary meeting on 8th October 2019.  We would like to offer our congratulations to them and look forward to working together to represent the interest of the people of County Clare.


Trudy Leyden – Community and Voluntary Representative

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 and has trained with the Clare Adult Basic Education Services and 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






Noel Kearney – Social Inclusion Representative

Noel is currently serving as secretary for Clare Leader Forum. He is active in a variety of community groups  and is involved with mental health organisation Shine and with Clare Local Mental Health Forum. He organises discos and social events for people with disabilities and in his spare time he loves collecting records, reading, music, and is a big fan of films.