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Strategic Policy Committees

Strategic Policy Committees (SPC) are structured around the main functions of council. They are made up of elected councillors and other representatives of the social partners and other sectoral interests. Each SPC will be chaired by an elected councillor and will be supported by a director of service. The task of the SPC is to assist and advise the council in the formulation, development and review of policy. The SPCs will not be concerned with individual representational or operational issues. Final policy decisions, however, will ultimately rest with the full council acting as a body. There are currently four SPCs in Clare County Council.

Rural Development SPC

This SPC will be responsible for all areas of policy concerning the council's town and village enhancement, community, information and communications technology functions.

The Acting Director of Service for Rural Development is Mr. Leonard Cleary and the members of the SPC are as follows:-

  • Cllr. Pat Hayes, Chaiperson
  • Cllr. Bill Chambers
  • Cllr. Pat Daly
  • Cllr. Michael Begley
  • Cllr. Mike McKee
  • Cllr. Mary Howard
  • Cllr. John Crowe
  • Patrick Kwara, Business/Commercial
  • Liam Williams, Agriculture/Farming
  • Anny Wise, Environment/Conservation
  • Eric Shaw, Community/Voluntary (Clarecastle)
  • Jean Tierney, Social Inclusion (Clare Youth Service)

Economic Development SPC

This SPC will be responsible for all areas of policy concerning the council's employment, tourism and planning functions.

The Director of Service for Economic Development is Mr. Gerard Dollard and the members of the SPC are as follows:-

  • Cllr. Richard Nagle, Chairperson
  • Cllr. Pat McMahon
  • Cllr. Clare Colleran Molloy
  • Cllr. PJ Ryan
  • Cllr. Ian Lynch
  • Cllr. Johnny Flynn
  • Cllr. Gabriel Keating
  • William Hanrahan, Agriculture/Farming
  • Theresa O'Donohue, Environment/Conservation
  • Pat Morris, Development/Construction
  • Dympna O'Callaghan, Business/Commercial
  • Seamus Ryan, Trade Unions

Physical Development SPC

This SPC will be responsible for all areas of policy concerning the council's roads, water, environment, fire and major emergency management functions.

The Director of Service for Physical Development is Ms. Anne Haugh and the members of the SPC are as follows:-

  • Cllr. Joe Cooney, Chairperson
  • Cllr. Cathal Crowe
  • Cllr. Michael Hillery
  • Cllr. Alan O'Callaghan
  • Cllr. Bill Slattery
  • Cllr. James Breen
  • Cllr. Christy Curtin
  • Martin McMahon, Agriculture/Farming
  • Andrew St. Ledger, Environment/Conservation
  • Joe Corbett, Development/Construction
  • John Higgins, Community/Voluntary 
  • Damon Wise, Social Inclusion

Social Development SPC

This SPC will be responsible for all areas of policy concerning the council's housing, estate management, culture and sport functions. 

The Director of Service for Social Development is Mr. Liam Conneally and the members of the SPC are as follows:-

  • Cllr. Gerry Flynn, Chairperson
  • Cllr. PJ Kelly
  • Cllr. Tom McNamara
  • Cllr. Tony O'Brien
  • Cllr. Paul Murphy
  • Cllr. Pat Burke
  • Cllr. Ann Norton
  • Richard Woods, Development/Construction
  • Patrick Keogh, Business/Commercial
  • Thomas Guilfoyle, Trade Unions
  • Geraldine Hetherton, Community/Voluntary
  • Dermot Hayes, Social Inclusion

Strategic Policy Committee Scheme

The council has adopted the Strategic Policy Committee Scheme and it can be downloaded below:

Minutes of Strategic Policy Committee meetings

2017

Economic Development and Enterprise SPC minutes

Physical Development SPC minutes

 2016

Economic Development and Enterprise SPC minutes

Physical Development SPC minutes

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 25/07/17