Can “Just Transition” fail to be a transition that is just? Definitely. What is needed is a national transition strategy that is just, in compliance with the Aarhus convention, respects everybody equally and supports everyone affected. That must begin immediately. Ultimately this lack of a coordinated, whole of society action is a gross injustice to the young people of Ireland, the world and future generations. … More Can “Just Transition” fail to be a transition that is just?
I could never apply because being a masters course meant I needed a degree, it was in Dublin City University and it cost thousands. There was little chance of a lone parent in rural Ireland being able to participate. … More Off to Uni
The political terminology of “right” and “left” were first used during the French Revolution in the 18th century as the politicians were sitting in the Parliament.
I got to know the “far right” during the spring of 2018 when the Direct Provision centre was proposed for Lisdoonvarna but I never knew the context. I got to know their tactics, their lies, the way they use peoples fear and confusion to further their own agenda. … More Left, Right, What’s it all about?
When it comes to slurry everyone gets defensive. I get dismissed with lots of romantic ideology and nostalgia claiming that this is how Ireland farms, mindful of nature and it’s never been a problem before. Tell that to the cow as she’s artificially inseminated. I call bullsh1t. It is time we started to have honest conversations about the economic, social and environmental impacts of farming today. … More Admit the Problem to Solve it
People love solving problems. We are great for coming up with solutions. When we were faced with the image of a seahorse holding a cotton bud in the ocean we knew what to do. We mobilised to reduce plastic pollution in whatever way we could. We all made some lifestyle changes such as reusable lunch wrappers … More Keep The Sh1te Out Of Our Water
In 2016 the Irish government announced a National Dialogue on Climate Action. Only 4 events have been held within the past 4 years so it falls on the current government to ensure that dialogue proceeds at pace. In a Covid19 world how will that happen? Convene a National co-ordination team: First and foremost there has … More Climate Dialogue, Covid19 Ready, in 7 steps
My past week has been consumed by the proposed Programme for Government in which the Green Party, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael lay out their shared “Vision For Change”. I have been directly involved in the writing of four press releases, three of them welcoming the PFG and one rejecting it. Having had the time … More The Programme For Government 2020
I must say I’m loving all the memes, videos, tic tocs, tweets and more about home schooling. All the gratitude pouring out for teachers. The sudden realisation that home schooling is not for many of us. Most of us are now getting a taste of hands on parenting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. … More Imagine Parenting
Over the past 3 weeks we have had daily briefings about the pandemic, by the government. The nation has come to recognise the Chief Medical Officer over everyone else in these past weeks. We have an emergency. We have the scientist qualified in that field advising. We are being briefed by the experts in that area. Rightly … More Imagine Science
Schools have been shut for 3 weeks now. College students have gone home for the remainder of the academic year. Junior and Leaving Cert students have all been given top marks in the oral exams they couldn’t take in March. Deadlines for practical and course work have been extended to late May. Uncertainty hangs over … More Imagine School