At a recent meeting I learned that our universities carry out research based on industry proposals. Where once potential students proposed what they would like to study now industry states their research requirements and students do whatever that is. This opens up many questions. Does this mean the state education budget is funding the research … More Industry driven research
My latest blog was written for the Transition Network ‘International’ series – an insight into national transition hubs. I detailed the work and achievements of the People’s Energy Charter. You can read it here. Meanwhile I am contemplating where to next. At a recent event in Cloughjordan Eco Village about 40 people were exploring how to accelerate … More Brief Update on Transition in Ireland
Why are public bodies supporting exclusive back door policy opportunities? Where are the rural voices in Irelands energy space? Where are the “energy citizens” and local authorities in energy planning? I recently attended the Energy & Climate Conference in Dublin Castle. This time I decided to see if I could encourage others from County Clare … More Actions speak loudest
Last week was a busy week. I attended the Energy and Climate conference in Dublin and then came home to settle into the general election. I say “settle into” because I was engaged more with this one. I actually watched debates, read articles, listened to candidates on the radio – I did more research than usual … More Who really runs Ireland?
Do you think profit driven companies should run the country? Do you trust politicians and civil servants to act in the best interests of society and future generations? I recently attended an Environmental Pillar review. During that time I was reminded of the role I have found myself in. A role I never for one second imagined for … More Irish Policy – Balance of Power to Input
How do we budget in the coming years so that we can pay fines for not taking action to reduce our green house gas emissions? Where will the money come from? Healthcare? Education? Welfare? Pensions? They are the burning questions I will take away from the first ever National Economic Dialogue #NED15 held on July … More The Cost of Inaction & #cattlebubble
Back in 1986 I dreamed of playing camogie with Ballyboden in Croke park. Little did I expect my big game to involve “a leading Irish law firm” at an energy conference in 2015 and my team to be the Environmental Pillar. For me, day two of the energy Ireland conference started at 6am. I was … More Up for the Game at Croke Park
My proposal is to host a national conversation akin to the ideal community conversation by bringing representatives of all of the national bodies of organisations with branches throughout the country to a workshop together and encourage them to replicate the workshop in communities all around the country.
I emphasised the importance of having the farming community at the table. The fact is that if farmers need to keep their methane emissions high sacrifices will have to made elsewhere and that will take a collaborative approach. It may be that a local anaerobic digester will cut out fossil fuel heating for some area of their town bringing the communities collective emissions down. … More Meeting Minister White – April 2015
I left my children on Monday November 3rd before heading to Dublin. When I eventually left Dublin Wednesday morning I drove home with tears streaming down my face. I cried for about two hours. It reminded me of that day in February 2013 when I started writing in rhyme following a realisation that just left … More Empowering the Disempowered
One of the principals that attracted me to the transition movement is the belief that initiatives should pursue the transition to a low carbon community without throwing blame around. To me this is a priceless tactic. So often I hear people absolve their inaction with the fact that there’s no point acting while someone else’s … More The blame game