We are now conducting an election by e-mail for a representative of the PPN to sit on CLDC’s Community Development and Social Inclusion Evaluation Committee for the LEADER Programme.

Who can vote: Member groups of Clare PPN who have been members for 3 months or longer at the time of this election and who meet the conditions for membership as detailed here are entitled to one vote per group.

How to vote: All voting will take place by e-mail and all votes must be submitted on or before November 6th

Send your votes to sarah@clareppn.ie and in your message please include the following

  • Name of your group
  • Name of the ONE person you are nominating from the four candidates below
  • A statement that your group has been a member of Clare PPN for more than three months and currently meets the membership criteria (you can check the criteria here if you are unsure).

The nominees are as follows:

George Atijohn of The Multi Cultural Council of Ireland: Geroge was nominated by Dermot Hayes from Clare Centre for Independent Living and by Abiodun Hakeem Ladigbolu from the Association of Nigerian Community in Clare. He has an MA in Business as well as a Post Graduate Diploma Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology and a Diploma in General Agriculture. He has a certificate in Information Technology and also a Certified Microsoft Professional (MCP). He has over 14 years’ experience in management.  George was a former Chief executive of K.G.Telecom LTD as CEO he was able to develop and manage international relationships with over fifty companies in four continents. These alliances involved the sharing of technical information, price negotiation and other financial matters. He currently consults for SMEs’ in the area of management and Information technology. He has practical experience and knowledge in creating value for SME’s and non-governmental organisations by helping them to develop strategic goals and plans in keeping with their core values and objectives. George’s areas of interest in management are Strategic Marketing, Strategic Management and Knowledge Management.  George is also a Minister of God and a politician; he stood for election as an Independent candidate in the Clare County Council (Republic of Ireland) in 2014. He is currently the president and founder of Multicultural Council of Ireland. George was a former voluntary tutor with the adult education in Ennis

Joe Corbett of Spancilhill / Clooney Community Alert: Joe Corbett is the Chairperson of Spancilhill/Clooney Community Alert and was nominated by Frances Grace of the same group. Joe Corbett is a Self Employed Business Owner for the past 27 years. The following is a brief note of some of his work carried out as a Community Activist and Representative. He is involved in a number of Organisations which include: He is the chairperson of the above named group. He is certified in Business Law. He is a member of the Strategic Policy Committee for Environment and Transport of Clare County Council. He is an executive member of the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. He is the chairperson of Clooney/Quin Community Gathering and of DWD (dealing with debt) and of Clare Communities Creating Jobs (CCJ).  He is a member of the Irish Farmer’s Association and is a registered lobbyist.

Eugene Crimmins: Eugene is the Chairperson of Newmarket on Fergus Tidy Towns and was nominated by Thomas Neylon of the same group.  Eugene runs a food sector SME in Newmarket on Fergus. He has over 15 years experience in community, youth, sporting  and cultural clubs as a member and at officer level in Clare and Limerick. He is an active member of Tidy Towns, which he currently Chairs. He is a board member of Obair Environmental, a community development organisation which runs TUS and community employment schemes. In addition they manage a village community cafe and run ‘meals  on wheels’  for the south Clare catchment area. He has considerable hands on experience of the funding processes as a client and as an administrator. He has been involved in numerous successful funding application bids for various entities at county and national level,  including Local Authority, LEADER, Enterprise Ireland and the EU.  As a mature  student he recently qualified at  postgraduate level in Public administration. He has a specific interest in best practice in the public administration. His personal interests lie in good governance, openness, transparency and accountability.

Karen Wise of the National Council for People With Disabilities: Karen  is the current chairperson for the NCPD. She has been previously been a treasurer in a government-funded body.  She has dealt with funding requests and allocated funds for such.  She has been trained in corporate governance and the responsibilities of a company director.  She has caught out a number of questionable claims and stopped them.  She is the National Chair of a charity that doesn’t seek funding.  There will be no conflict arising.  She has over 20 years experience volunteering.  She has a qualification in Business Management including accounting.  Her mantra long before the scandals hit the charity sector was that this was taxpayer’s money, it should be used to maximum effect for least amount of expenditure.  Karen knows how to evaluate a funding proposal.  She is vigilant and sticks to the rules.  She isn’t out to make friends.

Sincere thanks to all our candidates and to those who nominated them.






Share This