Elaine D’Alton

Elaine D’Alton


Elaine is the coordinator of the Clare Women’s Network, which is part of the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN) and offers support for women to enhance their quality of life on an individual and group basis especially women experiencing social and economic exclusion and isolation. She is committed to promoting and forwarding recommendations and guidance as identified by women in Clare on how best to address and rectify the obstacles and barriers to their full participation. She believes that representation specifically pertaining to the needs of women is an imperative.

085 1554800
c/o Clare Women’s Network, Clonroad Business Park, Ennis, Co. Clare

Padraic Hayes

Padraic Hayes


As a young man growing up with a physical disability I became accustomed to the words “you can’t do this, you won’t be able to do that”. When you hear those words often enough you begin to question your own ability. However as I matured, I gained resilience and have worked over the last ten years to prove my own ability and the ability of all people with disabilities. I graduated with a Masters in Marketing from Limerick Institute of Technology and have worked since then in the area of administration and finance.  I am currently living and working in Shannon Town.

My real passion however lies in advocacy.  I am a member of Clare Leader Forum, which is an independent group of people with disabilities who work to create a voice on disability issues in Clare. I have helped the Forum grow from strength to strength and with this support the Clare Leader Forum has now become one of the key cross-disability representative groups in Clare. I am a Secretariat member of Clare Public Participation Network representing social inclusion on the Physical Development Strategic Policy Committee for Clare County Council.

At a national level I have also continued to promote the rights of people with disabilities through my work with the Center for Independent Living and more specifically through my role on the Value for Money (Transforming Lives) committee. I am on the national board of the Irish Wheelchair Association

I am passionate about ensuring that the voices of all people who need support to participate fully in society are heard and are part of policy and decision-making at local, national and European level. I look forward to the continuing growth of the Clare Public Participation Network as an organisation truly representative of the people of County Clare.

Mary O’Donoghue

Mary O’Donoghue


Mary O’Donoghue is co-ordinator with the West Clare Family Resource Centre which is based in Kilrush. She has a strong commitment to working for social change to eliminate poverty, social injustices and inequalities. She has a full belief and understanding of the right of all people to be involved in decision-making which affect their lives. Mary believes that we have to work collectively, we have to build participation and we have to make sure that people who are traditionally excluded are included. Mary has over 25 years experience of community and youth work and is a strong advocate on all areas of social inclusion. Mary has worked on the development of the Local Economic and Social Plan which is the responsibility of the LCDC to deliver. As a West Clare woman, she would be a strong voice for all groups experiencing social exclusion in Clare and she has the experience and confidence to bring issues forward to the LCDC. She believes that we can create change in our county to make it a better place for all people and she would like the opportunity to do this as your Social Inclusion representative on the Clare Local Community Development Committee.
Damon Matthew Wise Âû

Damon Matthew Wise Âû


Damon Matthew Wise Âû is committee member of over a dozen groups in the Clare PPN – a small sample of the over 70 organisations he helped establish between the three colleges, some of which are based in Shannon, but all have members around Clare and some all around Ireland.

Is a member of the Community and Voluntary college nominated by Trustees of Federation Trust – Charity Incorporation Agents,. of which he is founder and Chair, on the basis of a draw after final result was a draw.

On the Environment and Transportation SPC :

Represents the Social Inclusion College, nominated as National Secretary/CEO of NCPD – The National Council for (the status of) People with Disabilities Limited – known as NCPD charitable company, also serves same with members company and sits on several autism and disability self and peer advocacy and representative bodies in Shannon, Clare, Nationally, Europe and Internationally. He has representative of bodies since 7 years old, but first launching in Stamp Aid Ireland in 1986 in Limerick (aged almost 17), and was deemed elected unopposed.

E-mail is Damon.Matthew.Wise@gmail.com ( Damon@ClarePPN.ie )


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