Minutes of Clare PPN Plenaries Dec 2022

Minutes of Clare PPN Plenaries Dec 2022

(one online & one in-person)

Thursday, 8th December, 2022

Attendance:
16

WORK REPORT 2022

Sarah Ferrigan gave an overview of the extensive work undertaken by Clare PPN in 2022. You can read/download our Work Report at this link:
https://clareppn.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Work-report-for-plenary-Dec-2022.pdf

The most significant piece of work undertaken by Clare PPN this year was the research project, ‘Towards an Anti-Poverty Strategy for Clare’. You can download a copy of the report here:
https://clareppn.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Clare_Anti_Poverty_Report_Sept2022_web.pdf

Appreciation was expressed for the County Council’s organising of a successful half-day event following on from the publication of the Anti-Poverty report, involving Councillors, Council staff, PPN reps and staff and other community representatives.

• Setting up of the Clare Traveller CDP was welcomed as an important step for Travellers in Clare.

• Membership: we now have 362 member groups. A re-registration process will take place in the first quarter of 2023.

FINANCES

Budget is on target. Our audited accounts are available on our website by searching ‘audited accounts’. Quarterly financial reports are also uploaded. We had a Departmental audit in 2022 – no issues raised.

All PPNs had looked for more funding from Dept of Rural & Community Development, as we don’t have enough. We had looked for €39,000 per PPN. Dept has told us there will be a modest increase. Likely to be €11,000 for each PPN. For Clare PPN, this will simply mean our funding meets our outgoings. We need further staff resources. At a minimum we need three full-time staff equivalent. Currently we are two full-time equivalent.

WORK PLAN 2023

Sarah Clancy gave an overview. The draft Work Plan can be viewed here:
https://clareppn.ie/clare-ppn-draft-work-plan-2023/

The Work Plan will be finalised by 15th January.

• Something we want to achieve in 2023 is organising a Migrant Forum for Clare.

• Pobal/LECP:
We are awaiting final word on a Pobal-funded project that relates to the public consultation process around the Local Economic & Community Plan (LECP). The aim of the project is to enshrine socio-economic rights into the LECP. This would mean funding of €40,000, which would pay for the person who will do the work (not existing PPN staff).

COP27 CLIMATE SUMMIT

Theresa O’Donohoe & Martin Vernon reported on their trip as part of a youth delegation to the COP27 summit. All in all, the summit was a talking shop but great to see so much youth protest and ‘humbling’ to meet people from regions whose existence is threatened by climate chaos. You can read Theresa’s & Martin’s report at this page:

FEASTA COP-27 Delegate Reports

CLARE PPN ELECTONS

Bridgie Casey and Bridget Ginnity were both elected as Clare PPN Reps on the LCDC (Local Community Development Committee).

Theresa O’Donoghue elected to Clare PPN Secretariat.

• Upcoming elections:
We have two vacant seats on our Secretariat, one each for Killaloe and Shannon Municipal Districts (MDs). The term is three years. (You can stand for a subsequent term also). Nominations can be from groups in those MDs.

There is also a seat for an Environmental Rep on the Physical Development SPC.

We will announce the election process online, followed by a 21-day period for nominations.

LEADER FUNDING ISSUE

This EU funding is €6.6 million over 5 years, for rural and sustainable development. CLDC and Clare Co Council (LCDC) are both applying to be the delivery vehicle. An LCDC meeting has been called for next Tuesday 13th Dec to discuss whether LCDC should compete for funding that CLDC normally gets. Very short notice. Clare PPN can’t speak for all members without consulting them. We will email all members to ask, via an online survey, what Clare PPN should do – vote yes, no or abstain.
Long discussion on this issue, with major concerns expressed about the Council’s move to apply for this funding; with the lack of notice arising from this being raised under AOB rather than as an LCDC agenda item.

Plenary agreed:
•  To call an EGM on Monday evening, 12th December via Zoom, at which the issue can be outlined to Clare PPN members, and they can decide how Clare PPN Reps should vote at Tuesday’s meeting (while noting that certain Reps may be precluded from voting due to possible conflicts of interest arising from their connections to either party).

• Agreed also that concerns should be expressed to Clare Co Council about the handling of this issue.
Some questions were raised as possible questions to put to Clare County Council/LCDC:
– Why does Council want to control the funding that is for community groups?
What would be the workload and responsibility implications for members of the LCDC?
What extra resources would be assigned to LCDC members?
What will happen to jobs in CLDC?

AOB

• The meeting expressed gratitude to the commitment and efforts of Cornelia Wahli to the PPN and to several other organisations who were lucky to have her as a member. Cornelia sadly died earlier this year. She was a PPN environmental Rep.

• Disappointment expressed at turnout at Plenary. Suggestion of combining another event, e.g. a guest speaker. Plenaries in future may be alternated between in-person and online (as opposed to having both for each plenary).

• Agreed that newsletter should include a line asking the contact person to share the newsletter within your member group. This request should be included in subject line.

ENDS

Minutes of Clare PPN Plenary (Part 1), 13th August 2022 

Minutes of Clare PPN Plenary (Part 1), 13th August 2022

This Clare PPN Plenary is taking place in two phases, one in person, the second online. Below are the minutes of phase one. 

Wednesday, 13th August, 2022
Cloughleigh Community Centre, Ennis

Attendance: 16

Facilitator: Padraig Hayes

Work Report
Sarah Clancy summarised Clare PPN’s diverse and extensive work in recent months. Praise all round for the quality and quantity of work being done by volunteers and staff. Details in the Clare PPN Work report for April to June 2022. 

Anti-Poverty Strategy: Sarah briefed on preliminary findings of Conor McCabe’s research and on plans for launch of report. There was a good discussion about this and about how to proceed/use the strategy. 

Finance Report
Details are available at the end of Clare PPN Work report for April to June 2022.

Vacancies: Clare PPN Reps & Secretariat
Two vacancies on then Clare PPN Secretariat, one from Shannon area, one from Environmental College. 

Two vacancies for Reps, both on the LCDC (Local Community Development Committee) of Clare County Council: one each from the Social Inclusion and Environmental Colleges.  

Details of election to be announced via email and our website & social media in coming days. 

Forthcoming changes to structure of Joint Policing Committee
Madeline McAleer, who is Clare PPN’s Rep on Clare’s Joint Policing Committee, updated on these important changes. This is an opportunity to seek to ensure a more community oriented representation. 

National Review of PPNs
This review was conducted by Mazars consultants. There are three proposals in the review. PPN workers nationally have discussed the review and don’t see anything in them that will fix issues with PPNs. We think they need to be more proactive; the review approaches PPNs as a problem not as potential. 

People can make submissions in relation to the review by 31st August. Clare PPN hopes to hold a meeting for our members in advance of our submission. Social Justice Ireland also plans to hold consultations. You can read the review here:
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/f6fe9-ppn-structural-review-report/

Community Group training needs for autumn
If your group needs training, let us know by emailing admin@clareppn.ie
For example writing funding applications. 

Priorities for next quarter
Environmental: Extractive industries, Fuel poverty, data centres, climate action & adaptation.
Social Inclusion college has many things going on. 

AOB
Plan is to hold every second Plenary meeting in person. 

ENDS

Notice of Summer Plenary Meeting: Wednesday, 13th July 2022 – 7pm to 9pm

Notice of Summer Plenary Meeting: Wednesday, 13th July 2022 – 7pm to 9pm

Notice of Summer Plenary Meeting, Wednesday, 13th July 2022 – 7pm to 9pm

Clare Public Participation Network warmly invites all member groups to attend our first plenary meeting of 2022 which will take place on Wednesday, 13th July from 7pm to 9pm.  Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to admin@clareppn.ie on or before Monday 11th July.

What is a Plenary Meeting?
Plenary meetings are the main decision-making forums for Clare PPN. At these meetings all member groups are invited to attend and to put items forward for the agenda for discussion or for inclusion in the work plan of Clare PPN. At each of these meetings the staff and secretariat of Clare PPN present an update on the work, finances, and activities of the PPN and present their work plan for discussion and input from member groups. Clare PPN’s representatives who sit on 11 boards and committees in the County will also have an opportunity to present updates from their committees and to take any questions or input from member groups at this meeting.

Call for Agenda Items:
All current member groups can propose agenda items for this meeting on or before Monday, 4th July. Please send these using the subject line: ”Agenda Item Plenary Meeting” to admin@clareppn.ie

Submitting a motion
If you would like to bring a motion to the Plenary, please email admin@clareppn.ie by Monday, 4th July, with the wording of the motion and outlining why you would like to see the motion passed.

Notice of Plenary Meeting: Wednesday, 8th December 2021, 7pm (online)

Notice of Plenary Meeting: Wednesday, 8th December 2021, 7pm (online)

Notice of Plenary Meeting: Wednesday, 8th December 2021, 7pm (online)

Clare Public Participation Network warmly invites all member groups to attend our final Plenary Meeting of 2021 which will take place on Wednesday, 8th December 2021 at 7pm.  Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to admin@clareppn.ie on or before Tuesday, 7th December.  Only those registered in advance will receive the link to the meeting.

What is a Plenary Meeting?
Plenary meetings are the main decision making forums for Clare PPN. At these meetings all member groups are invited to attend and to put items forward for the agenda for discussion or for inclusion in the work plan of Clare PPN. At each of these meetings the staff and secretariat of Clare PPN present an update on the work, finances, and activities of the PPN and present their work plan for discussion and input from member groups. Clare PPN’s representatives who sit on 11 boards and committees in the County will also have an opportunity to present updates from their committees and to take any questions or input from member groups at this meeting.

Online Meeting:
Due to the continuing Covid-19 restrictions, this Plenary Meeting will be held online via zoom. You will need a smartphone or computer and an internet connection to use Zoom.

Call for Agenda Items:
All current member groups can propose agenda items for this meeting on or before 29th November 2021. Please send these using the subject line ”Agenda Item Plenary Meeting” to admin@clareppn.ie

Submitting a motion
If you would like to bring a motion to the Plenary, please email admin@clareppn.ie by Monday 29th November, with the wording of the motion and outlining why you would like to see the motion passed.

September Plenary minutes
You can read the draft minutes of our September plenary here:
https://clareppn.ie/clare-ppn-autumn-plenary-draft-minutes-september-15th-23rd/

 

Invitation to Clare PPN Plenary Meeting December 8th 2020 7pm Online

Notice of Plenary Meeting: December 8th 2020 at 7PM (Online)

And don’t miss our Christmas prize draw with two fabulous prizes:

Anyone from any of our member groups who attends our online Christmas Plenary will be entered in a draw for these two great prizes:

1st Prize €100.00 Voucher for Hotel Doolin which can be used for any of the services on offer there from accommodation, to the restaurant or tickets for one of the many arts and music events that are due to take place in the months ahead.

2nd Prize €50.00 voucher for The Rowan Tree Cafe Bar in Ennis where you can go out for lunch or treat someone to dinner over the Christmas season.

Clare Public Participation Network warmly invites all member groups to attend its second online Plenary Meeting which will take place on Tuesday December 8th 2020 at 7pm.

Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to admin@clareppn.ie on or before Monday December 7th 2020

Only those registered in advance will receive the link to the meeting.

What is a Plenary Meeting?
Plenary meetings are the main decision making forums for Clare PPN -at these meetings all member groups are invited to attend and to put items forward for the agenda for discussion or for inclusion in the work plan of Clare PPN. At each of these meetings the staff and secretariat of Clare PPN present an update on the work, finances, and activities of the PPN from the preceding three months and present their work plan for discussion and input from member groups for the forthcoming three months.

Online Meeting:
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions this Plenary Meeting will be held online via zoom. Any member or person who would like to receive training in how to use Zoom should email newsletter@clareppn.ie and William Hederman will arrange a session with you to help familiarise you with how to participate using this tool. You will need a smart phone or computer and an internet connection to use zoom. If possible each member group should nominate someone who has these facilities to represent them at this Plenary Meeting.

If any group is unable to attend online please feel free to send us submissions or items for our agenda via email to admin@clareppn.ie or by calling us on 087 1617375.

Call for Agenda Items:

All current member groups can propose agenda items for this meeting on or before December 3rd 2020 Please send these using the subject line ”Agenda Item Plenary Meeting” to admin@clareppn.ie

Clare PPN’s representatives who sit on 11 boards and committees in the County will also have an opportunity to present updates from their committees and to take any questions or input from member groups at this meeting.

At the beginning of each plenary meeting we will present an introduction to the Public Participation Network in Clare for new member groups and a question and answer session will be held.

Please reserve your place at this meeting by emailing your name and member group name to admin@clareppn.ie on or before Monday December 7th 2020.