All those fleeing war and persecution must be treated equally

All those fleeing war and persecution must be treated equally

All those fleeing war and persecution must be treated equally


The Secretariat of Clare PPN has issued the following statement on behalf of our member organisations.

As the people of Ukraine face the horrors of war and displacement, we welcome the fact that Europe and Ireland are offering sanctuary to those fleeing this crisis. There has been an incredible response from communities in Clare and across Ireland to their arrival.

We welcome the Government’s response and we call for the same measures to be extended to all refugees and those seeking asylum. If Ireland can commit to providing social welfare, school places, children’s allowance and more for up to 200,000 people from Ukraine, we can do it for 7,000 people in Direct Provision.

We are concerned at the emergence of a two-tier system for those fleeing war and persecution. Rather than allowing this to happen, the response to this crisis should be an opportunity to improve the situation for all.

The 2020 Programme for Government and a White Paper in 2021 both committed to ending Direct Provision by 2024. The war in Ukraine has resulted in a far greater number of people living in emergency accommodation, but with the added problem that they are being treated in two very different ways. This is of huge concern to people who are stuck in Direct Provision, who had to go to court to fight for access to basic supports that recent arrivals are being granted automatically.

We also welcome the enhancement of the powers of local authorities to purchase houses and to fast-track the availability of vacant social housing, but we recognise that this must be extremely frustrating for those in our communities who have been enduring housing need. We call on the State to work for all those in need with the same concentrated effort.

We are also concerned at the transfer of huge amounts of public money to the owners of hotels and other private buildings. Most of the work so far in welcoming people fleeing the war in Ukraine has been undertaken by volunteers and voluntary organisations. These groups are under-resourced and they have received no extra financial resources to help them in this humanitarian effort, and yet there are huge State resources being used to pay private hotel owners to accommodate refugees.

This replicates the model of our housing system and highlights the urgent need to move to a human rights-based approach that gives everyone equal access and that sees the State taking a long-term view of how it spends public money.

We are certain our communities will continue to respond with empathy and practical support for those displaced by the unjustified invasion of Ukraine and we hope that this situation will help us build better, more cohesive communities, not create division. The Government can play a key role in this.

Human rights are for everyone or they are for no one.

Clare PPN calls for emergency plan to be put in place for roadside dwelling Travellers during weather alerts

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Clare Public Participation Network Statement:  Date: 17/10/2017 

Clare PPN calls for emergency plan to be put in place for roadside-dwelling Travellers during weather alerts.

Clare Public Participation Network’s Social Inclusion Representatives commend Clare County Council and the county’s emergency services for their swift actions and clear and frequent updates during the status red weather alert which accompanied ex hurricane Ophelia on the 15th  of October. It came to the representatives’ attention however that there had been no provisions made to ensure the safety of the members of the Traveller community who live on the roadside in temporary dwellings. People contacting the Council’s emergency number were advised that no plan was in place for roadside dwelling Travellers and that they should ‘stay put’ until the storm abated. Clare PPN calls on the Council management and on elected representatives to ensure that a contingency plan is immediately put in place for any future such weather events which would at a minimum offer temporary secure shelter to all of those who need it. Clare PPN’s Social Inclusion Representatives are concerned that a failure to do this could result in injuries or fatalities which could be prevented by advance planning and so it calls on all those responsible to take action before the winter sets in fully.


Mary O’Donoghue, Local Community Development Committee.

Sarah Clancy, Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee.

Dermot Hayes, Social Development Strategic Policy Committee.

George Atijohn, Clare Public Participation Network Secretariat.

Damon Matthew Wise Âû, Physical Development Strategic Policy Committee.

Details: Enquiries about anything to do with Clare PPN can be directed to or 087 1617375.


Clare PPN is a network of community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups from Clare. It exists to facilitate the formal participation by the community sector in Clare County Council’s decision making structures. It is funded jointly by the Department of Community and Rural Development and Clare County Council but is autonomous and its activities are directed by its members through an elected secretariat.

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