In 2019 I became aware that far right agitators had created a film that included footage of me. They claimed that I was a paid government mole to facilitate the opening of Direct Provision centres. People in other communities considered it very useful when they found themselves in the midst of the minefield of aContinue reading “My Book is out!”
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Left, Right, What’s it all about?
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.
Can “Just Transition” fail to be a transition that is just?
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.
Climate Dialogue, Covid19 Ready, in 7 steps
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 hasContinue reading “Climate Dialogue, Covid19 Ready, in 7 steps”
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. RightlyContinue reading “Imagine Science”
Things have changed with meetings. The formal boardroom has learned to adapt or gone into retirement. Casual group meetings are now a more structured activity. A visit to the grandparents means wiping fingerprints off the screens. People are sharing a cup of tea or glass of wine and a chat with friends via their laptops.Continue reading “Imagine Meetings”
One significant global action taken during the Covid19 response has been the grounding of airplanes. As well as causing major problems for people stranded abroad, it has messed up lots of our holiday plans. The Irish tourism industry has put a call out for Irish people to holiday in Ireland and help make up theContinue reading “Imagine Holidays”
Imagine Valuing Everyone
Now that the government has realised the importance of ensuring everyone losing their source of income has their basic financial needs met in this Covid19 crisis, perhaps the recent rush to reassess and legislate for a minimum payment could have been avoided, had government heeded the call for a basic income. Imagine a basic financialContinue reading “Imagine Valuing Everyone”
2020 – Vision
As we enter a new year and new decade everybody appears to be taking stock. Setting my priorities is something I tend to do at the start of every year because I tend to get pulled in many directions which just dilutes my effectiveness. Towards the end of 2019 I started two significant life projects.Continue reading “2020 – Vision”
Want to Participate? Here’s how!
As a follow up to my previous post here is the information, context and questions contained in the long term strategy survey – consultation. Take time to devise responses, perhaps in a document format and then copy and paste them in before December 31st. I have filled in the first 3 to show you itContinue reading “Want to Participate? Here’s how!”