The Clare Local Association is active in planning advocacy and manages the Mullaghmore Nature Reserve, which is beside the Burren National Park.
The association has annual rhythm each year, starting with the Annual General Meeting, which is now held in April. Meeting are also held during Biodiversity week (Environmental Fair) and Heritage week (our Annual Bat meeting) with the tenth Bat meeting in 2015.
Two or three newsletters are published per year and typically to members by email. They detail of our two annual meetings, projects we are involved with, and they welcome new members.
A lot of time and effort was put into the setting up of the Clare PPN (Public Participation Network), which is now has a secretariat and is formed in each municipal district. Interim environmental representatives have been appointed to the Clare County Council Strategic Policy committees, two of which are An Taisce members.
This Association has been functioning for many years with a short break in the late 1990s.
There are three sub-committees:
- Planning Committee which has been busy of late
- Burren Committee which looks after our land in the Burren
- KULYANA Communities Combatting Climate Change who are preparing for a busy time ahead.
Anny Wise is authorised to make planning submissions to the Local Authority and to recommend appeals for approval by An Taisce Advocacy Head Office. See the policy note An Taisce – Its role in the built environment planning process.
The Association uses the Default Standing Orders, but amended in 2014 to allow using email for notifications and decisions.