Tracy Watson

Tracy Watson

Tracy Watson

 

Tracy is an experienced Environmental Scientist having worked with the UK Environment Agency in water quality policy and as an Environmental Officer in the Irish Pharmaceutical industry for the past 17 years. She also has a NUIG diploma in Corporate Environmental Planning which has emphasized the importance of public participation in policy and decision making around environmental matters and given me a better understanding of its role & effectiveness.

Tracy wants to contribute to putting environmental sustainability, biodiversity and climate action into the heart of the decisions made for County Clare, as these issues underpin the quality of life now and in the long term.

Dermot Hayes

Dermot Hayes

DERMOT HAYES

Originally from Kells, Corofin, I have been based in Ennis for some years. As a young lad I was very active in the Corofin Youth Club and Hall Committee. In my early working life, I was very active in trade unions, becoming Shop Steward and later President of Clare Trade Union. I also became chair of the Trades Council.

I stood for local elections a number of times with the themes of social inclusion and efforts to represent those on the margins. I failed to get elected despite running very close.

In 1992, together with other people with disabilities, I set up a Disabled People of Clare, with the human rights approach – “Nothing about us without us”. We became active in change locally and nationally. This led to the setting up in recent years of the Clare Leader Forum, in which I am very active.

Also during the late 1990s, I was very active in the Ennis CDP, up to its closing in 2016. This group worked with Travellers and with those who came to Ireland seeking asylum. I am also so very involved in my local residents’ association.

Nationally, I am on the board of the Independent Living Movement Network. I was nominated to a disability committee under the Disability Act 2005. I was elected to Clare LCDC and to the SPC on Social Policy, roles from which I had to step down when I stood in last year’s local elections. I will endeavour to maintain communication with relevant Clare PPN groups to represent you to the best of my ability.

Monica McKenna

Monica McKenna

Monica McKenna

 

Monica is a community worker who is passionate in working for social justice and equality. Monica is an active member of a number of groups including West Clare Mental Health Association. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for those in the community that are experiencing exclusion. A native of Tipperary now residing in West Clare Monica sees the need for local sustainable supports key to the development of vibrant rural communities  

Kay Murphy

Kay Murphy

Kay Murphy

Kay is the Current National President of Active Retirement Ireland and her term of office finishes this year.  There are 25,000 members nationwide in this organisation and as National President is Chairperson of the Board of Active Retirement Ireland. This Board has 10 members from all corners of Ireland.  Since 1998 she has been involved in Community work in Newmarket – on-Fergus and now in Shannon. She is a founder member of Obair Newmarket – on-Fergus Ltd and was a Board member representing Social Inclusion during this time.   She has always had great interest in Social Inclusion for all but especially older people.

Cornelia Wahli

Cornelia Wahli

CORNELIA WAHLI

Cornelia, a native of Switzerland, has lived in Ireland for more than 30 years. She has a background in education and she practises meditation, qi-gong and yoga, and is a member of the Ennis Friary Choir. Her personal quest is to gently move toward a lighter imprint during her residence on the planet.

Cornelia’s passion for the outdoors was kindled in the 1980s while living in Dublin. Since then continued experiments with garden design and permaculture design have resulted in her chemical-free lifestyle both indoors and outdoors. She encourages any and all members of the public to live plastic-free through her “Operation de-Plastification” vision and actions, supporting a healthier environment and re-connection with the natural world through a sustainable way of life.

As the Clare PPN environmental representative on Clare County Council’s Local Community Development Committee, Cornelia would like to be a voice for the natural world; a healthy and nurturing environment that is capable of feeding and supporting humans as well as fauna and flora with sustainable development a core value. Cornelia’s mission is to tread lightly upon this earth, leave few traces and enjoy life in tune with nature.