Food Rationing, Climate Change and the #cattlebubble

“We need to ensure we can feed ourselves as well as grow an export market. Climate change will affect crops around the globe and we must be able to adapt, possibly even benefit from the situation. Food shortages are probable and mono crops, focused on one product, are inadvisable. Diversifying our farms to include a broad crop base … More Food Rationing, Climate Change and the #cattlebubble

National Women’s Strategy 2017-2020 Submission

As a woman engaged in policy for almost 10 years at local, national and EU level I have a lot of insight into the policy and decision making process in Ireland. I have sat on a county development board and strategic policy committees at local authority level and represented the Environmental Pillar of social partnership … More National Women’s Strategy 2017-2020 Submission

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?”

Jan 2017 Economic Development & Enterprise SPC Meeting

I have my next SPC meeting on January 9th – Strategic Policy Committee Meeting for Economic Development & Enterprise. Here’s the agenda: Minutes of meeting held on the 14th November 2016 and matters arising. Presentation by Mr. Niall O’Callaghan, Regional Business Development Manager – Mid-West. Adoption of County Development Plan. Proposed changes to SPC structure. Date … More Jan 2017 Economic Development & Enterprise SPC Meeting

Clare Economic Development & Enterprise SPC

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

Standing Rock

Connecting with activists on the far side of the world was a very soul nurturing experience. It’s always great to have allies in activism and the nearer the better when it comes to community action. In Ireland we have a great network of activists who collaborate across many issues. However it is also great to know that there are … More Standing Rock

If only government would get out of the way!!!

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!!!

From Burnout to Balance

I’ve just spent 2 days at Silence & Voice Festival of Feminisms which was hosted by the inspirational Clare Womens Network. It was an amazing event they hosted on a shoestring. Years of work culminating in a powerful insight into feminisms relayed through song, dance, spoken word, conversation and extremely engaging speakers. I must admit I … More From Burnout to Balance

Proposal for Comprehensive Public Participation in Irelands National Energy Transition Plan

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