Economic Strategic Policy Committee meeting 11th September 2017

The last thing I wanted this morning was to drive 50 minutes into Ennis to listen to more updates about what is being or has been done for the Clare economy by the local agencies. Yes it’s important to know the economic landscape of the county but as I looked around at my house, the … More Economic Strategic Policy Committee meeting 11th September 2017

A Week in the Life

Monday 11am meeting with Pat Breen TD and Minister for Employment and Small Business. He seemed interested in the vision of Lisdoonvarna Spa Town – Sustainable Eco Tourism Hub to explore North Clare and The Burren. It’s all in the wording 🙂 Noon – workshop on waste management with Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns. A great opportunity for … More A Week in the Life

For €395 You Too Can Discuss Homelessness but thankfully the reduced rate is €295! Plus VAT of course

Just as they do in energy, healthcare, education etc there is a “Social Housing Summit” purporting to cover: “Planning, Building & Delivering Our Social Housing Needs  This event will be of real interest to all housing specialists, local authorities, consultants, social workers, housing agencies, government departments, regulators, universities, suppliers and manufacturers to the sector. A one-day conference … More For €395 You Too Can Discuss Homelessness but thankfully the reduced rate is €295! Plus VAT of course

Marine Energy policy in Ireland

Clare PPN Public Participation Network received the following invite on January 17th: Please see attached invitation to participate in an up-coming workshop “Wave Energy in Ireland: Considering the future – Perspectives on Policy”. This event which is being co-ordinated by SmartBay Ireland and the MaREI Centre, UCC will take place on the 26th January 2017 at … More Marine Energy policy in Ireland

Eirgrid, the PPNs and “What is Participation in our Energy Transition?”

I became aware of this potentially subversive proposal within the Public Participation Networks PPNs over the Christmas period and I didn’t know what to do about it. Anyone I mentioned it to had a similar reaction as I did – it’s very suspicious. It is not sitting easy with me and I am one for trusting my gut … More Eirgrid, the PPNs and “What is Participation in our Energy Transition?”

Shenanigans from the SPC Jan 2017

I gave an official report from my Strategic Policy Committee SPC meeting last Monday but here I will give you a little glimpse of life as a committee member amongst elected councillors and civil servants. Why? Well, I used think that the people running the country must be really intelligent and capable – why else would they be elected! I thought they must … More Shenanigans from the SPC Jan 2017

Report from Economic SPC Strategic Policy Committee meeting January 9th 2017 and subsequent actions!

“To say I was not happy with how the meeting finished would be true! When I heard the proposed changes it appeared to be a whole restructuring of the SPCs in Clare without any consultation with the PPN and our representatives on the SPCs. “ Here’s the agenda for the meeting on Monday Jan 9th … More Report from Economic SPC Strategic Policy Committee meeting January 9th 2017 and subsequent actions!

The Cost of Participating

I’ve been invited to attend a policy design workshop in Dublin. Excellent initiative for shared visioning and policy framework building. This is my initial reply. Anyone identify? I’d love your comments and suggestions on this! “I’d love to attend and know that a rural transition voice engaged in public participation is important and will benefit … More The Cost of Participating