Pilot project aims to put people’s socio-economic rights ‘front and centre’ in planning Clare’s future

Pilot project aims to put people’s socio-economic rights ‘front and centre’ in planning Clare’s future

Leading think-tank TASC to host free workshops across Co Clare during May

What is a ‘just transition’ and what should it look like in Co Clare? That will be the focus of a series of free training workshops and brainstorming sessions across the county during the month of May, involving community groups, decision makers and members of the public.

These sessions will be hosted by the highly respected think-tank TASC, which has come on board for an innovative project led by Clare Public Participation Network (PPN) that aims to put people’s socio-economic rights and just transition principles “front and centre” in planning Clare’s future.

This pilot project, a collaboration between Clare PPN, Clare County Council, Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) and the Limerick Clare Education & Training Board (LCETB), aims to include people from as many walks of life as possible in discussing and planning the changes that need to be made as we move towards a carbon neutral future.

The project, funded by the Department of Community and Rural Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund, will build on work carried out last year by Clare PPN as part of its ground-breaking project, ‘Towards an Anti Poverty Strategy for Clare’.

“This new pilot project will place socio-economic rights front and centre, ensuring that those who experience poverty or social exclusion in Clare influence the outcomes and process,” said Clare PPN co-ordinator Sarah Clancy. “This means there will be a focus on access to health care including mental health and addiction services, transport, housing, sustainable livelihoods, education, leisure, culture and amenities as well as economic development opportunities under consideration as the project develops.

“The project partners are excited to have TASC on board, an organisation known for its work on just transition and that has specialists already working with rural communities in Donegal, Roscommon and Limerick.

“TASC has led the way in this field, developing ‘The People’s Transition’ where their work on the ground promoting community ownership and community wealth building as part of the process of transitioning to carbon neutral systems of living is already delivering practical results.”

Kieran Harrahill, senior researcher in climate justice with TASC, said: “We are delighted to be undertaking this project with Clare PPN in participation with Clare County Council, CLDC and the LCETB. Building on the recently published ‘Towards an Anti-Poverty Strategy for Clare’, this people-centred pilot project seeks to locate and foreground the voices of those who experience socio-economic deprivation in Clare and build a shared vision of a rights-based approach to a truly just transition.”

The workshops and training will be held in community venues around Clare, with the schedule due to be announced on April 27th.

As well as informing the work of all the organisations involved, the findings from this project will be used to inform Clare County Council’s Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) 2023-2028, which is currently being drafted.

Any group interested in participating in the training and brainstorming sessions should contact admin@clareppn.ie. The organisers will do their best to provide the supports needed for groups taking part and so please let them know if your group needs any particular arrangements made.

Request for Tender: Socio economic rights and just transition in Co Clare

Request for Tender: Research and training pilot project on Just Transition and Socio Economic Rights in Clare. 

Clare Public Participation Network in collaboration with Clare County Council, Clare Local Development Company and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, is seeking proposals for a researcher or researcher(s) to lead the development of an innovative pilot project that seeks to enshrine Socio-Economic Rights and Just Transition Principles in County Clare’s Local Economic and Community Plan. This is a time- limited project for which the consultative phase of work is expected to be complete by end of May 2023 with other aspects such as written reports and submissions being finalised later but no later than September 2023.

We are open to joint applications for example from a specialist in socio- economic rights working with a specialist in just- transition, or any other collaboration.

Whilst Clare PPN staff will oversee and administer this project it will be informed by a steering group of people with lived experience of poverty, marginalisation, disability and social exclusion in County Clare. Those tendering should expect to meet monthly with this steering group either online or in person for the duration of the project.

The successful applicant(s) will:

  • Have a deep understanding of socio economic rights nationally and internationally, an understanding of and experience working with communities who experience disadvantage and poverty. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from researchers who have worked to address and analyse the intersectional nature of disadvantage (including gender, disability, ethnicity, class and residency status).
  • Have an understanding of policy making in/for rural or rural- adjacent areas.
  • Have expertise in just transition principles, climate change and climate action..
  • Have an understanding of policy making in Ireland in particular in relation to Local Government. Demonstrate an understanding of National, Regional and EU policy frameworks as they apply to Local Government policy.
  • Have an understanding of other frameworks such as Public Sector Duty and Sustainable Development Goals which will serve to underpin any recommendations made as a result of this pilot project.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct a desktop study of existing data and research on Socio Economic Rights, Just Transition and poverty in Clare building on from the recently published ‘Towards an Anti-Poverty Strategy for Clare’.
  • Working with staff and members of Clare PPN devise and deliver an introductory training programme explaining Socio-Economic Rights and Just Transition Principles in Clare for stakeholders including some or all of the following; groups who experience intersectional deprivation, staff of community organisations and agencies, staff and Councillors from Clare County Council, TDS/Senators, trade union groups, and representative bodies for example from farming and tourism sectors. Up to 6 online and/or in person workshops should be factored into tenders.
  • Will develop an ethical research framework for a stakeholder consultation process.
  • Will advise on and assist with the hosting of consultations/surveys /interviews to ascertain stakeholders views and suggestions on enshrining socio economic rights and just transition principles within policy in County Clare in particular within Clare’s Local Economic and Community Plan. Up to 8 online and/or in person consultations should be factored into tenders.
  • Will analyse and produce a written interim and final report on the findings from the research and consultations including identifying specific policy responses and actions to address key issues.
  • Will be open to working with a creative practitioner who will create visual representations of input from consultations.
  • Will, through Clare PPN steering group and staff collaborate with Clare County Council’s Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee, Local Community Development Committee, and LECP Consultant team to share learning and expertise.


This project is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Dormant Accounts Fund. Minister Joe O’Brien announces pilot projects to support Local Authority engagement with marginalised communities – Pobal

Clare PPN is a network of 362 community and voluntary groups in County Clare who work collectively for the wellbeing of this and future generations and organise the formal representation of community groups in the policy formation committees of Clare County Council.

The principles and values that underpin the work of Clare PPN are;  inclusive, participatory, independent, valuing of diversity, transparent and accountable.

Key Objectives of the project:

  • To deliver an introductory training programme that builds a shared understanding of socio- economic rights and just transition principles amongst stakeholders in local government policy making in Clare.
  • To produce a report from consultation inputs which can be submitted to Clare County Council’s Local Community and Economic Plan and which contains specific recommendations on realising socio economic rights in Clare and which according to just transition principles, outlines measures and approaches that can help ensure that those who experience poverty and marginalisation are protected from and where possible benefit from actions and changes to reduce carbon emissions in the County.
  • To locate, create and provide solid data on the lived experiences in County Clare in particular in relation to socio economic rights. In this aspect of the project the researchers will have the opportunity to consult with and inform a team of consultants currently working to develop the Local Economic and Community Plan for County Clare. It is possible that aspects of this project will overlap with that of the LECP consultants. Clare PPN will provide the opportunities for both ‘teams’ to link together and share information and has established already a willingness to collaborate.
  • To collaborate with Pobal and three other pilot projects to share learning both positive or critical from this initiative.



The budget for this tender is €20,000 inclusive of all the researcher(s) expenses including travel and subsistence and inclusive of VAT. A detailed breakdown of the proposed tender is requested. It is estimated that approximately 60 days work will be required from the successful tenderer(s).  This amount is fixed, no matter the number of researchers involved the available funds are as stated.

Please note that fees relating to venues, meeting expenses, participants expenses, promotion and publication of reports are not included in this amount. A current tax clearance certificate will be required. This contract will be awarded on the basis of a fixed price contract. The successful consultant(s) is (are) expected to work within the agreed budget.


The closing date for receipt of tenders is Monday, 20th March 2023. The successful tender will be informed within one week of closing date and should be ready to commence work immediately.

Tender can be forwarded to sarah@clareppn.ie for the attention of Sarah Clancy, with any supporting documents.

The tender must include the following:

  • Methodology to be used
  • Description of expertise and experience including an understanding or previous work demonstrating understanding of socio economic rights, just transition and climate action and preferably class based and intersectional structures of marginalisation
  • Breakdown of time allocations and ability to meet deadlines stated
  • Samples of previous strategies or reports (attached to tender)
  • Detailed budget in Euros and inclusive of VAT, including all costs associated with the work such as preparation time and travel expenses
  • Referees

Clare PPN shall not accept any responsibility for any expenses or loss, which may be incurred in the preparation of a Tender.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Criterion – Max score available

  • Qualifications, Relevant Experience, Track Record – 40%
  • Methodology, Understanding of the Brief – 40%
  • Cost of successful project delivery and value for money – 20%
  • Total Maximum Score Available – 100%

Failure to comply with the above selection criteria will result in disqualification from the tendering process.  Clare PPN may wish to conduct interviews on the basis of evaluating the tenders received.

Clare PPN particularly welcomes tenders from researchers with lived experience of marginalisation, disability poverty or other forms of social exclusion.


All information supplied in connection with this Tender shall be regarded as confidential and by submitting an offer, the Tenderer agrees to be bound by the obligation to preserve the confidentiality of all such information.

Clare PPN submissions on biodiversity – November 2022

Clare PPN submissions on biodiversity – November 2022

Clare PPN submissions on biodiversity – November 2022

Clare PPN’s Environmental College recently made two submissions on the topic of biodiversity as part of separate public consultation processes. You can download PDFs of these submissions at the links below. 

Clare PPN submission to the Citizen’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss:

Clare PPN submission to the 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan:

Our seas are at risk – tell the government you want action

Our seas are at risk – tell the government you want action

Our seas are at risk – tell the government you want action

Make your voice heard by making a submission on Marine Protected Areas before Friday, July 30th

The oceans give us everything. For generations we have lived off the sea – especially here in Clare. But our seas are now at crisis point, following years of attack from supertrawlers, aquaculture, oil and gas exploration, plastic and noise pollution, to mention just a few of the threats to our precious marine life. Large predatory fish have declined by 90% since the advent of industrial fishing and many species face extinction. 

The good news is that sea-life has a remarkable ability to bounce back once these threats are removed. Scientists worldwide agree that a network of properly-managed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) allows marine habitats to recover and replenish. 

Just 2% of Ireland’s incredibly diverse sea area is designated as protected areas, but there is almost no monitoring or policing of these. Supertrawlers can legally operate in these areas.

Clare-based ocean wildlife filmmaker Ken O’Sullivan says that to rebuild marine ecosystems, we must designate at least 30% of our ocean for special protection by 2030. As marine life recovers, fish catches will increase and create sustainable jobs. 

Ken is backing a call by Clare PPN’s environmental groups and Clare Environmental Network for groups and individuals in Clare to let the Government know we care about Ireland’s marine environment and want meaningful action to protect it.

You can have your say by making a submission as part of the government’s public consultation on an expert report, ‘Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network’. The consultation closes next Friday, July 30th, at 5pm. 

If you can spare 10 or 15 minutes, please send an email to marine.env@housing.gov.ie, with the subject line ‘MPA Public Consultation 2021’. You don’t need to be an expert and your submission can be as short or long as you like.

An email written by you will have more impact than a template email, but here are a few points you might like to make…

I support the expert report and would like to see the recommendations being swiftly implemented.

I would also like to see:

• Immediate action to protect existing Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas, for example the SAC in the Shannon Estuary.
• No industrial fishing in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – and especially no bottom-towed gears.
• 30% of Irish waters as MPAs as a minimum target for 2030.
• Support for fishing communities in Clare that may be negatively impacted by MPAs.
• Proper investment in scientific data gathering.
• All MPAs to be actively managed with public participation. 

Another way to make a submission is go to the public consultation website and fill in an anonymous survey (where you can also download the full MPA report):

You can read more about MPAs at the Irish Wildlife Trust’s excellent website: