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?”
At last I am writing my first blog report of my role on County Clares Economic Development and Enterprise SPC. I’ve been there almost 2 years and I’m feeling comfortable enough to write about it now. It’s run under chatham house rules so I won’t quote anyone. Some background. Strategic Policy Committees (SPC) are structured around the main functions of councils. They … More Clare Economic Development & Enterprise SPC
That is the message I took away from the Energy Symposium in Cong last week. “If only government would get out of the way!!!” The sentiment was that we are all busy doing nothing on climate change while waiting for leadership from government that’s just not coming. There were representatives from a vast array of … More If only government would get out of the way!!!
Disclaimer – this blog is not a personal attack. Nor is it an attack on the institution in question. The example I use in this blog is real and it is symptomatic of our exclusive policy making for profit society. The institution in question, while I feel they were completely lacking in their handling of … More An exclusive system where money buys power
As some of you will know I have spent the past number of years advocating for the People’s Energy Charter request for comprehensive public participation in Ireland’s National Energy Transition Plan. A brief synopsis of the outcome is here and more in-depth report on my work is here. The questions everybody asks are “What is … More Proposal for Comprehensive Public Participation in Irelands National Energy Transition Plan
Last week, Friday 29th July, I became aware of a renewable energy test site in Galway bay. That’s pretty much on my doorstep. I was chuffed that there’s research going on so close to home and was looking forward to hearing more about an expansion in testing. I soon discovered that people in Clare had … More Test site in Galway bay
It’s been a hectic few years. Moving house twice, marriage break up, my piece of paradise in my new home for life, representing the Environmental Pillar at the national policy tables, ATCC – An Taisce Climate Committee, Clare PPN – Public Participation Network, TINI – Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland, PEC – Peoples Energy Charter … More Taking Some Time Off – Well Kind Of
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?