Pat Spillane addresses Rural Development Forum

Pat Spillane addresses Rural Development Forum



Pat Spillane speaking at todays event in Ennis – Photo: Eamon Ward

Former All Ireland winning footballer with Kerry and Government Ambassador for the National Action Plan for Rural Development, Pat Spillane made a presentation to members of the recently established Clare Rural Development Forum at the Buttermarket Building, Waterpark, Ennis, today.

Comprising members drawn from local community, business, tourism and farming groups, as well as Clare County Council, Elected Members, third level institutes, and State and Development Agencies, the Forum is currently developing a Rural Development Strategy for County Clare which is expected to be launched in early May.

Photo: Eamon Ward

Addressing Forum members today, Mr. Spillane referred to his passion for rural Ireland, his Chairmanship of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) and the importance of interagency collaboration. He also acknowledged Clare County Council’s role in convening the Rural Development Forum and establishing of the country’s first Local Authority Rural Development Directorate.

Today’s Forum meeting was also addressed by Ciaran Lynch, Development Manager for LIT, who has a strong background in sustainable rural development and management. He worked as a local authority planner for over 20 years and was The Planning and Development Officer for County Clare for 13 years. He was formerly the Head of the Sustainable Rural Development Department at Tipperary Institute and is currently the Development Manager of LIT.

Meanwhile, members of the public and interested parties are being invited to have their say on the proposed the Clare Rural Development Strategy by making written submissions and observations to the Rural Development Directorate, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare on or before 4.00pm on Friday, 31st March 2017.

In order to facilitate stakeholder engagement, a public information briefing will take place on Friday, 24th March 2017 at Ennis Civic Room, Buttermarket, Ennis commencing at 2.30 p.m. Persons interested in attending are asked to contact Claire on 065 6846495 or



Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.