Where were the “Public” at the launch of the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland?

Today, May 12th 2014, I attended the launch of the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland. The room appeared full of industry, government officials, representatives of non government organisations and state agencies, the irish Farmers Association; basically plenty of people who looked like they attended such events on a regular basis and were familiar with each other.

I was invited by association and I want to believe that the lack of a direct invite to the People’s Energy Charter was an oversight by department officials and not intentional. It would be very ironic that the first priority addressed in the green paper is “Empowering Energy Citizens”. One would think that empowering them may actually be helped by inviting them to the launch 😉

So to the reasons behind the late blog this week. Basically it took the weekend and more to prepare our email to officials and letter to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. It is all available to read here on the Energy Charter blog.

Despite not being personally or officially invited I did get to stop the Minister for a photo and deliver the weekends work into his hand.

Say “cheese” 🙂


You can read the speech Minister Rabbitte gave at the launch here and you can find out all about the green paper here. You have 10 weeks to get your submission together!

So now to the next 10 weeks of Ireland’s energy policy submissions. Apologies in advance – this blog will more than likely be very power-full for the coming months 🙂

Theresa O’Donohoe

May 12th 2014

Published by Theresa OD

Change maker and mother of 5 living in the west of Ireland

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